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Students in Belchertown chosen for pilot test program

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Some students in Belchertown were scheduled to take part in a pilot program for a new standardized test that will likely replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.

The new test is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College, otherwise known as PARCC.

On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Judith Houle said students in the third through 11th grade would be randomly selected to take the comprehensive skills test. Massachusetts was one of nearly 20 states taking part in PARCC.

Belchertown was just one of several communities in the commonwealth to be chosen for the pilot program by state education officials.

Dr. Houle said there was a possibility students would have to participate in both the PARCC and the MCAS. Some educators and parents were concerned students may burn out if they were required to take both tests. Houle said there was a chance students participating in PARCC could be excused from MCAS testing. There are complications for schools if students do not take the MCAS because school and teacher evaluations are tied to the test.

Houle noted there were still details that needed to be worked out. She also said parents needed to understand there would be no results from the PARCC test and it would not affect evaluations.

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