For years, Maryland public schools have been the best in the country, but now there are new questions about how they got to the top.
More special education students in Maryland are excluded from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests than any other state in the country. The Department of Education says that could be inflating the state’s test results.
The Baltimore Sun reports only 34 percent of students with disabilities took the 4th grade assessments — forcing the overall scores to come in seven points higher. Only 40 percent took the 8th grade assessments.
Jason Botel, executive director of the education advocacy group MarylandCAN, says that’s not honest.
“It’s really problematic,” he says. “We have a lot of people hanging their hats on this claim that Maryland public schools are number one in the country, and yet we are an outlier in terms of excluding so many children from the testing. We simply can’t make that claim.”
I expect this to become an issue in the Governor’s race next week.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.