More than 1,250 schools across Massachusetts will try new online tests in the spring, which could replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.
The trial run will feature math or English tests and will assess students online rather than via paper booklets like the MCAS, reported The Boston Globe.
Some schools will actually try out the new exams with paper and pencil and the science portion of the MCAS will remain for the foreseeable future.
The overall change could have a huge impact on the commonwealth’s schools and has raised some concerns of educational leaders.
Massachusetts has joined a group of about 20 states called Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to develop the tests rather than developing its own tests such as the MCAS.
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