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Maryland's State Accountability Plan Approved by U.S. Department of Education
Maryland yesterday became the seventh state to have its state accountability plan approved by the Department of Education, joining Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York and Mississippi.

As reported in today's Baltimore Sun:

"[U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige] praised Maryland schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, who last year overhauled the state's testing system so that it produces individual student scores instead of only schoolwide averages.

"The secretary said Maryland was one of the first states to 'reorganize its entire accountability system,' at a time when every state is grappling with how to follow the federal guidelines for education reform.

"'It's a message to all of us that this is a completely doable deal,' Paige said."

The full Baltimore Sun article is available by subscription online on

In making the announcement with Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and Superintendent Grasmick, Secretary Paige stated:

"Maryland has long been a leader in standards-based education reform. Reaching this new milestone is another achievement and a step forward. I am confident that Maryland will use this plan as a guide to better address the education needs of all of the state's children."

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