School Notes: MCPS will administer virtual standardized test to all students this fall

School Notes: MCPS will administer virtual standardized test to all students this fall

Plus: Gaithersburg Middle School student honored for stopping child from getting hit by car

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MCPS will administer virtual standardized test to all students this fall

Over the next several weeks, Montgomery County Public Schools students will be required to take state standardized tests from home.

According to a post on the MCPS website, the state Department of Education is requiring all school districts across the state to administer a “fall diagnostic assessment” to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade, even if classes are being conducted remotely.

Montgomery County schools will administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment through September and October, according to the post. Schools will “have flexibility in scheduling the specific days and times of administration.”

At the secondary level, Wednesdays will likely be used as one of the options for MAP administration, according to the post. In the MCPS fall schedule, Wednesdays are largely reserved for independent studying and have fewer live classes scheduled.

In recent years, the MAP assessment has been administered to elementary and middle school students, but not high school students.

MCPS emphasized in its post that it is important students do not receive help from family members or friends while taking the exam.

“The assessment is not an achievement-focused one, but rather a tool for school staff to assess how best to plan and support students,” the post said.

Gaithersburg Middle School student honored with Lifesaving Medal

A sixth-grade student at Gaithersburg Middle School was recently honored with the AAA School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal for stopping a toddler from getting hit by a car in January.

Cortlynn Graham was one of four students across the country who received the award.

On Jan. 29, Graham — then a student at Strawberry Knoll Elementary School — saw an unattended toddler run toward traffic in the student drop off loop.

Graham grabbed the toddler before she stepped into the road, according to a news release from AAA.

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