Massachusetts education board approves new hybrid test

“Approval of the hybrid test came on an 8-3 vote Tuesday after two years of debate over whether to replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test with the PARCC test.

PARCC — which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was developed by a national consortium that includes Massachusetts.

The new “next-generation MCAS” would be given for the first time in spring 2017. It would use both PARCC and MCAS items, along with items developed specifically for the Massachusetts tests.

MCAS will continue to be a graduation requirement through the class of 2019.”

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