MSAs underway with extra eyes and ears in the Baltimore
Maryland students in third through eighth grades began the Maryland School Assessments this week, and Baltimore city schools began testing Tuesday with hundreds of monitors in buildings across the city. In a story today, the school system confirmed that they had hired and trained at least 157 extra monitors this year to ensure the integrity of the testing this year, after two highly acclaimed schools were found and suspected of testing improprieties last spring. The school system also deployed central office staff to schools, and staff from the CAO and Accountability offices will be responsible for coordinating assessments of several schools.
One of those schools that made headlines last year was George Washington Elementary, a school that has bounced back in the last two years under new leadership. A state investigation found that the school's 2008 test booklets had been extensively tampered with. But, last year, the school had more than a dozen monitors and still made its yearly academic targets. Most recently, George Washington has generated positive buzz for an MSA rap video that has become a small YouTube sensation. Check it out, if you haven't.