Standardized tests to change next year

Grades 3-8 will take the PARCC instead of the MCAS in districts that decided to switch

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – High school seniors are gearing up to take the SAT or ACT for college, two standardized tests that have some major differences.

The ACT allows you to leave multiple choice questions blank, the SAT marks them wrong. If you’re a science whiz, you’ll be able to prove it in the ACT’s science section, the SAT doesn’t have one.

Hannah Newell, a former West Springfield student, says she thinks standardized testing has gotten a little out of hand, “I think that they put so much pressure on you to do well in high school so you can do well in college but college is a whole different ball game then high school is.”

Massachusetts Department of Education says starting next year, 54% of school districts will start taking a new standardized test, PARCC exams.

Grades 3-8 will take the PARCC instead of the MCAS in districts that decided to switch.

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