On Feb. 14 the Board of Education (BOE) approved Superintendent Joshua Starr's request for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to cease administering the TerraNova test. The TerraNova is a standardized achievement test given to second graders to assess their skills in reading, language arts and math.
On Dec. 7, Superintendent Joshua Starr proposed his first MCPS operating budget before members of the Board of Education, Montgomery County Education Association, Montgomery County Council and Maryland state legislature.
On Nov. 9, Superintendent Joshua Starr and Student Member of the Board (SMOB) President Alan Xie hosted a formal Town Hall meeting at Quince Orchard High School. Students were encouraged to email or post questions on Twitter prior to the meeting, which took place from 10:53 to 11:33 a.m., during Blair's fifth-period block. County faculty and students could view the live broadcast on the event at the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) website and its public television station, Channel 34.
Over the next two months, Superintendent Dr. Joshua P. Starr will host 10 "Listen and Learn" events to meet students, parents, staff and community leaders throughout Montgomery County. The first "Listen and Learn" event was held on Sept. 19 at Albert Einstein High School. Here Starr revealed MCPS's new curriculum for elementary schools, which will be implemented countywide, called Curriculum 2.0, and addressed other concerns. According to the MCPS website, the upgraded curriculum will blend elective subjects with the core content areas.
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