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New math books may be tied to assessment testing

November 29, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

Washington County school officials are considering new math books for high school students that will reflect standards of the Maryland School Performance Assessment tests.

School officials could not offer specific examples of what the calculus and algebra I books will cover, but they will follow what is tested in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

The 7-year-old statewide testing program sets tougher standards for students and requires more critical thinking.

The books also reflect a new set of teaching standards set by the state Board of Education known as the Learning Core Goals, said Washington County Board of Education President B. Marie Byers.

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Although the books are more rigorous, they are also "user friendly," Byers said.

The board also recently approved new 10th-grade geometry books that reflect assessment program tests, officials said.

The books will be on display for teachers, parents and the public to review until Dec. 23 in the Instructional Resource Library at the Washington County Board of Education office on Commonwealth Avenue.

The library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week.

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