Maryland High School Assessments Opposition sign now

I oppose the use of the Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs) as high stakes graduation requirements.

I believe that the HSA testing program represents an inappropriate violation of local control and a dangerous and unforgivable intrusion into the parent, student, teacher relationship that could literally ruin the lives of Maryland students.

I am proud to join the growing chorus of those who have called for an end to the high stakes use of standardized tests*.




"High stakes testing leads to under-serving or mis-serving all students, especially the most needy and vulnerable, thereby violating the principle of 'do no harm.'"

- American Evaluation Association -- Position Statement on High Stakes Testing.


"Politicians and policy makers who continue to push for high stakes tests and educators who continue to use them have closed their eyes to clearly set professional and scientific standards. They demand responsibility and high standards of students and schools while they let themselves get away with defying the most basic standards of the education profession."

- The late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone


* Groups who have called for an end to the high stakes use of standardized test results include: American Education Research Association, National Academy of Science, National PTA, National Council on Measurement in Education, The Alliance for Childhood, National Research Council, American Psychological Association, International Reading Association, National Association of School Psychologists, National Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for Social Studies, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education (Prepared by the Joint Committee on Testing Practices), American Society for Ethics in Education, American Jewish Committee, Bill of Rights Education Project Center for Law and Education, and the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

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Latest Signatures

  • 01 January 2016400. Kirtner Hobsonj
    Requiring students to take tests then giving them a diploma based on how well they do is branding and i won't have people i know have to go through it Maryland town or city in which you reside Lanham
  • 30 December 2015399. Sarah M
    if you continue the test there will be a big increase for the no child left behind program Maryland town or city in which you reside rockville
  • 27 December 2015398. Tonya B
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015397. Deborah S
    я Maryland town or city in which you reside Bethesda
  • 23 December 2015396. David L
    I support this petition
  • 29 October 2015395. Roy M
    To much stress. Maryland town or city in which you reside North East
  • 22 October 2015394. Kim G
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015393. Margaret Jh
    This will harm - not benefit - my child! Maryland town or city in which you reside Ellicott City
  • 13 October 2015392. Paula M
    The HSA's plus the extra high standards for students in Maryland will make it impossible for many special education students to earn diplomas now and it will be impossible in 2009. The dropout rate will skyrocket. Maryland town or city in which you reside
  • 08 October 2015391. John B
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015390. Jesse M
    STOP THIS INSANE TEST!!!!!!!! Maryland town or city in which you reside Severn, Maryland
  • 21 September 2015389. Margaret A
    I support this petition
  • 12 September 2015388. Cheryl L
    Opposed to HSAs! Maryland town or city in which you reside Germantown
  • 10 September 2015387. Juliet M
    I have a son with significant learning disabilities who will be entering high school in the fall. The HSA exams will make it very difficult for my son to receive a high school diploma. Maryland town or city in which you reside Silver Spring
  • 05 September 2015386. Carol B
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015385. Steven Ls
    I support this petition
  • 30 August 2015384. Nick T
    I support this petition
  • 24 August 2015383. Alice Lf
    I support this petition
  • 23 August 2015382. Elaine W
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2015381. Shari O
    High Stakes Testing = High Dropout Rate Maryland town or city in which you reside Timonium
  • 06 August 2015380. Susan A
    I support this petition
  • 29 July 2015379. Penny G
    To what purpose and to whom would these high stake testing serve? Maryland town or city in which you reside Butonsville
  • 04 July 2015378. Maureen B
    I support this petition
  • 25 June 2015377. Scott S
    I support this petition
  • 24 June 2015376. Ellen C
    I feel that y initiating this testing you are basing students future on one test and not getting the full picture of the student, Some students are not "test takers" There are different ways in which people learn and express the information they have lear
  • 17 June 2015375. Ann Bt
    I support this petition
  • 10 June 2015374. Kelly Dreww
    Son Kellen Hurley is severely learning disabled and should not be held to same standard as everyone else!! Maryland town or city in which you reside Cambridge

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Samantha SanfordBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
Petition target:
Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., the members of the Maryland General Assembly, and the members of the Maryland State Board of Education

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