The county school board Monday will act on a resolution, introduced at the Nov. 19 board meeting, to eliminate three standarized tests now given some elementary and secondary school students. This was incorrectly reported in last week's Neighborhood Report due to inaccurate information provided by school officials. (Published 12/3/ 87)
The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Prince George's County Board of Education. For more information, call 952-4350.
STANDARDIZED TESTS -- The board voted unanimously to eliminate three standardized tests from the school system to allow students more time for class work and to prepare for other state-required achievement tests.
The three tests to be eliminated by the end of the year are: the Gates MacGinitie reading achievement test for elementary and middle school students; the visual materials test for elementary students; and for 11th graders, the California Achievement Test.
Board member Marcy Canavan introduced the resolution because she had received complaints from parents that their children were spending too much time preparing for the tests and not enough time studying for courses.
County schools Superintendent John A. Murphy said the the Gates MacGinitie test, used to measure students' reading ability, and the visual materials test, which tests students' knowledge of maps, graphics and charts are both optional and given to students at the discretion of school principals.
Murphy said the California Achievement Test is used to measure achievement levels in vocabulary and math and is now given to third-, fifth and eighth-graders annually, and to 11th-graders biannually. Canvan's resolution eliminates the test for 11th-graders.
BOARD SPEAKING POLICY -- The board voted unanimously to prohibit citizens from speaking on the same issue at board meetings more than once within a 30-day period.
The vote came after members Catherine M. Burch, Doris A. Eugene and Paul R. Shelby said the board's bi-monthly meetings have been longer than necessary because individuals repeatedly bring up the same issues at week after week at board meetings.