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Springfield school district wants out of MAP tests

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 7:16 a.m. CST; updated 9:37 a.m. CST, Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield school district wants to stop giving its students the MAP tests required by the state.

Superintendent Norm Ridder says that the district plans to ask the state to waive a requirement that the district give students the Missouri Assessment Program tests.

School board president Gerry Lee told The Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday that the tests, which are given late in the spring, come too late to help improve student learning.

Springfield officials say Performance Series tests the district gives students are similar to MAP tests but provide immediate feedback for classroom teachers.

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the final decision on the waiver would be made by the U.S. Department of Education.

 


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