Scores on the Maryland School Assessment fell for the second year in a row, with the passing rate for the state's elementary students dropping 5 percentage points and scores slipping nearly 7 points for middle-schoolers. School officials say the recent drops were expected because the test doesn't match what students are learning since Common Core State Standards were adopted. Read related article.

Source: Washington Post analysis of Maryland School Assessment scores, 2008- 2013. Scores reflect combined results for reading and math. More information at | The Washington Post July 10, 2014
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