The Maryland State Board of Education decided not to hear the appeal of a group of Montgomery County parents who oppose the uniform countywide exams being pilot-tested in Montgomery schools this year.
The state board said last week it found no evidence of violation of consitutional rights, laws or local school board procedures.
Sixty parents early this year signed a petition opposing the examinations on the grounds that the tests would lower the quality of education in the schools, and that gifted and talented children needed different services, according to Ruth Harris, head of the group.
The Montgomery County Board of Education held that an appeal should not be heard now because the exam policy is merely a pilot program.
"The county board has unequivocally stated that at the conclusion of the three-year period, based on the information that has been gathered during the pilot phase, it will then make a decision whether or not to continue, expand or eliminate these examinations," the State Board of Education said in its opinion.
The state board said it had reviewed the history of the development of the Senior High Policy.
"The data forwarded to us indicates that since 1975, when a special task force was organized to study the possibility of such a policy, there have been innumerable public hearings," it said.
The Senior High Policy, adopted by the Montgomery school board Feb. 12, was put into effect in county schools in September. It calls for six-period days, full-semester courses, departmental exams on major subjects in each of the high schools, stringent attendance requirments and trying out countywide exams in English and mathematics in a half dozen schools.
Under Maryland state law, citizens may appeal any local school board decision. The state board decides whether to hear the case, and whether it subsequently wants to overturn a local board decision.