Coming off a string of impressive testing results, the Washington County Board of Education received a jolt recently when six schools failed to meet state proficiency standards as defined by test scores.
Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and Michael Markoe, assistant superintendent for staff and student support, both said the school system would not make excuses for the low scores and rededicate efforts to the task at hand.
Still, excuses were in the air at the Central Office. Bad weather, the economy, ambivalence on the part of students and the winter flu outbreak were given as reasons for the relatively poor showing.
Yet board member Donna Brightman said Washington County "dropped in our state rankings considerably." This might be more ominous than the raw test scores themselves since we certainly weren't the only county to be affected by the snow or the flu.