State board backs trial run of new standardized tests that would replace MCAS

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The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today to conduct a trial run starting this spring of a new standardized testing system that aims to replace the MCAS in English and math in two years.

The new tests are called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and were created by a consortium of states that is chaired by Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

Much of the new testing will be done online, and students will take the same tests as their peers in many other states. By contrast, the MCAS is administered only in Massachusetts in paper booklets.

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