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Maryland students to resume standardized testing in the spring

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 14:25:27-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Education cleared the way to have students resume taking some standardized tests in the spring.

Superintendent Karen Salmon asked that only math and English language arts assessments be given to students in high school and grades three through eight.

The tests are federally mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The deadline for students to be tested has been extended through June 4.

Students will be given 2.6 hours to complete the math exam and 4.6 hours for the English test, which includes a written component.

Schools would have flexibility in setting up testing times, to allow for regular instruction on testing days.

The purpose of the assessments is to gauge how students are responding to what they're being taught.

All machine-scored tests would be available within 48 hours of completion.

Here's a look at the State's plans on implementing the test.