MSA science test scores mixed for younger students

The latest state test scores indicate a mixed bag of results for some Maryland elementary and middle school students, and how they're performing in science. The latest test scores come on the second day of a brand-new school year, showing the state still has a lot of work to do, especially in the early grades, but top school officials said they have a reason to remain optimistic. (WBAL-TV)

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Board finalizes details of proposed school-mitigation policy

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday ironed out final details of a proposed amendment to a county ordinance that would create a standardized formula for determining school-mitigation costs imposed on developers. (Herald-Mail)

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Montgomery County students improve ACT scores

Montgomery County Public Schools’ latest batch of graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam scored higher in each of the test’s four areas compared to last year’s students and beat both state and national average scores. (Gazette)

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Prince George’s sees some improvements on state science tests

Science scores on Maryland’s standardized tests improved in nearly 50 percent of the 165 elementary and middle schools in Prince George’s County where fifth and eighth graders were given the exams last spring. While the county continues to make modest gains, it still remains near the bottom in state test scores in reading, math and science. (Wash. Post)

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Harford councilman, citizens, work to stop school fees, bus consolidations

The 2013-2014 school year began Monday, and Harford County Public Schools officials proceeded with their implementation of fees for playing sports and participating in extracurricular activities and their adjustments to school bus routes countywide. A county councilman and some of his fellow citizens, however, are seeking ways to stop them from going further. (Balt. Sun)

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Science students roll to success in electric vehicle competition

An electric vehicle built by Takisha Reece’s Advanced Placement environmental science class at Sandy Spring Friends School won several awards in its debut competition, the 2013 D.C. Electric Vehicle Grand Prix held this summer. (Gazette)

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Darlington Elementary School locked down for hours

A school in northern Harford County locked down Tuesday as a precaution during a police search for a wanted person. As Maryland State Police and authorities from Pennsylvania searched for the person, Darlington Elementary School locked down in place until classes dismissed at 3:30 p.m. (WBAL-TV)

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August 27 // Jitters and excitement on first day of school

Schools opened Monday in most Maryland districts without incident, but the year ahead will bring some of the most substantive changes in a decade in what is being taught. For the first time, all public schools in the state will be switching to a new curriculum, a change that was dictated by the state's decision to sign on to the common core standards, which are designed to require higher-level thinking and more rigorous lessons than what has been taught in the past. (Balt. Sun)

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