Md. schools’ standardized tests under fire

ROCKVILLE — The standardized tests called the Maryland School Assessments are coming under fire from some parents, teachers, lawmakers and school officials.

The annual tests are given to elementary and middle-school students, starting in third grade. Critics say they are outdated now that Maryland has adopted the Common Core academic standards.

The Washington Post reports in its Monday edition that the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations is urging state officials to seek a federal waiver allowing the state to skip the MSAs.

A Montgomery County teacher has launched a petition to that effect. And two state legislators from Montgomery are drafting bills seeking a federal waiver.

The Carroll County Times reports that the local school board has asked the county’s legislative delegation to seek elimination of the MSAs.