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Public invited to weigh in on student testing plan

November 15, 2015

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A plan to revamp student testing in Massachusetts will get a public airing before it comes up for final approval.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a public comment session at Malden High School on Monday, one day before the board votes on the proposal.

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester has recommended creation of a new standardized test for public school students, one that would combine elements of the current Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

Chester’s decision came after a two-year tryout for PARCC in many school districts. If approved, the new test would take effect in 2017.

MCAS has been a graduation requirement in Massachusetts since 2003.

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