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Students will test new tests

November 16, 1999

High school students will get to test upcoming assessments in January when the Maryland State Board of Education begins giving samples in a first round of field trials, Deputy Superintendent Theresa Flak said Tuesday.

The state-mandated tests will not be officially administered for several years. Seniors graduating in 2005 must pass them to get diplomas, according to Flak. As the state education department develops the exams, it will field test them statewide for "internal validity and reliability," she said.

The tests are intended to match up with the state's core learning goals. Washington County's students will be tested for English Jan. 10, biology Jan. 12, geometry Jan. 13 and algebra Jan. 14, according to Flak.

The government test given elsewhere Jan. 11 will not be administered locally, Flak said. She said she did not know why.

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The Washington County Board of Education does not expect results of the tests. "We won't get any feedback," Flak said.

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