Officials want to delay the roll out of a high school graduation requirement tied to a demanding new science test could be delayed for at least two more years, following a preliminary vote of the Maryland State School Board on Tuesday.

The board voted to change a regulation that would have made passing the Next Generation Science Assessment a requirement to obtain a diploma beginning in 2020.

The new test, which replaces a decade-old biology test, was “field tested” last school year. The test was supposed to count as a graduation requirement for students who begin taking the test in January 2020. But Maryland Department of Education staff recommended continuing to have students take the test but delay making passing it a requirement for two years.

The new standards encompass physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences and engineering.

 

There’s growing concern on the part of educators and legislators that the latest version of tests that high schoolers will be expected to pass are more difficult than the old Maryland State Assessments given in four subjects — algebra 1, English 10, government and biology — beginning in 2008.

Click here to read the full story in The Baltimore Sun (March 27, 2019)

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