Why are elementary school students in Maryland struggling?


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bs-ci-abbottston-msa-investigation-20100722,0,1086597.story

Alonso orders investigation into plummeting test scores at elementary school

State education officials are investigating possible testing violations at a Northeast Baltimore elementary school where in some cases 100 percent of students passed annual reading and math exams last year but where scores plunged by as much as half this year.

Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso said this week that he had asked state officials to investigate the drops in performance by third- and fourth-graders at Abbottston Elementary, a school so highly regarded that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited last year to celebrate the students’ achievement and praised it as a model for the country.

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