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GCPS Provides Clarification on High School Spring Assessments

Last Updated on Mar 30, 2021 at 12:47pm | Public Information Office

Garrett County Public Schools will have students enrolled in selected high school courses participate in the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program this spring. Students enrolled during the 2020-21 school year in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English 10, and some in Geometry will participate in the assessments within the testing window from today through June 4, 2021. Through a series of waivers by the Maryland State Board of Education, students will need to participate, but not necessarily pass the assessments to meet graduation requirements.
 
The Maryland State Board of Education recently approved the following waivers:
  • The Maryland State Board of Education granted a waiver for the 2020-21 school year seniors, who needed to take assessments to meet graduation requirements, from participating in the assessments in Algebra 1, English 10, Government, and the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA). This also includes a waiver for seniors from completing the Bridge Plan for Algebra 1, English 10, and Government. Seniors must still pass the respective course(s).
  • The Maryland State Board of Education granted a waiver to all high school students from taking and passing the American Government assessment in the 2020-2021 school year. Students must still pass the respective course.
  • The Maryland State Board of Education granted a waiver for all students in the 2020-2021 school year from passing Algebra 1, English 10, and the Maryland Integrated Science assessments. Taking the assessments will meet the graduation requirement. Students must still pass the respective courses.
 
The schools administering these assessments in the spring will also arrange for students who are learning virtually to participate in order to meet high school graduation requirements.
 
Students currently in grades 3-8 (excluding 8th-grade students enrolled in Algebra 1) will be participating in the assessments, which will be provided by the Maryland State Department of Education. These will take place in mid-September, 2021. High school assessments will also be available in the fall for those students who missed the assessments in the spring. This will include MISA Science.
 
For questions regarding the assessments, please contact your child’s school.
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