Maryland Faces Tough Questions After Demise Of MSPAP Program

03/11/2002 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Testing experts once praised the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, which used essays and group activities rather than multiple-choice questions to test students' knowledge. But skepticism about the reliability of the tests and a new federal mandate for standardized testing have forced the state schools chief virtually to scrap the program. Some educators are concerned that MSPAP's fall from grace will discourage states from developing exams that measure analytical skills.

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