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Schools have mailed students' state assessment scores

July 21, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education has mailed folders of information to county students in the third, fifth and eighth grades who took the Maryland School Assessments this year, system spokeswoman Carol Mowen said Monday.

The packet of information for about 4,700 students will include the students' scores on the math and reading tests, documents explaining the test and letters from the state and county schools superintendents, Mowen said.

The packets were taken to the post office Monday and should arrive at homes this week, she said.

School systems are required under the No Child Left Behind Act to inform families in a timely manner about how their family members did on the tests, Mowen said.

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Normally, the school system would send such information home with students, she said.

This year, however, some of the test results came in after the school year ended and it was decided to send the letters by mail, she said.

The results of the math test taken by about 1,500 Washington County 10th-graders have not been released by the state, so the families of those students will receive their packets later, Mowen said.

The total costs for the mailings, including postage and printing, was about $4,000, she said.

Maryland developed the Maryland School Assessments as the main tool for measuring student achievement and school accountability. The assessments, given in March, replaced the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

Washington County Public Schools students performed better on the Maryland School Assessments during the just-completed school year than in the previous school year in every tested grade level, according to results released by the state. Scores also improved at the other 23 school systems in the state.

As part of the mailing, the school board included a Parent/Guardian Satisfaction and Involvement Survey. The survey provides a way for parents to make known their thoughts about the quality of the school system, Mowen said.

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