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State OK’s trial of new education tests

Could take place of MCAS exams

MALDEN — Thousands of Massachusetts students next spring will try out a new state standardized testing system — many of them answering questions online — under a plan approved by state leaders Tuesday that pushes most MCAS exams closer to extinction.

The measure, approved by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 6 to 3, calls for a two-year trial run of the system, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Tests will be given in English and math only; there are no plans to replace the MCAS science exams.

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