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Storm precautions delay MCAS test

Anticipated school closings prompt 1-week postponement

Thanks to a parting shot from Old Man Winter, thousands of Massachusetts students will get a reprieve from a statewide writing test and now have another week to sharpen their brains and their pencils.

State education officials, worried that an expected snowstorm Tuesday could force many school closures and delays, put off the MCAS English Language Arts Composition exam until Monday, March 25. The change is meant to head off any security concerns with the exam, an essay administered to grades 4, 7, and 10.

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