Public schools are set to begin the Maryland School Assessments in less than five weeks, but lawmakers who consider the test too outdated say there's still time to cancel it for the year. Next week, the House of Delegates will review a proposal to do that.
Based on federal law, it looks unlikely that Maryland could skip the test without paying a fine. However, if the bill passes, the state may cancel the test anyway and accept the penalty.
The test has math and readings sections for students in third through eighth grades. The problem is that it doesn't correspond to Common Core curriculum, which Maryland has been using since 2011.
Officials from the Maryland State Department of Education, who oppose the bill, say the MSAs still provide useful data.