Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Fix HSAs first

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The state’s Class of 2009 will be the first to be burdened by Maryland’s High School Assessment graduation testing requirement — a flawed program that should be delayed until it can be fixed. While the tests have been 10 years in the making, all of the bugs and flaws have not been worked out and the state is still making adjustments.

The state should take a testing timeout to fix the problems and then we can move forward with a fair accountability system for our state and for our students. Our students should not suffer because adults haven’t finished their work.

Patricia B. O’Neill, Bethesda

The writer is on the county school board and is a past president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.