Some Montgomery County students are taking their first stabs at the new state assessment test starting today.
The computer-based test for third- through 12th-grade students is being piloted in at least one class in the majority of the county’s public schools. The assessment will be fully implemented next school year.
The new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career aligns with the Common Core State Standards — a controversial set of education standards for English and math that Maryland, along with other states, chose to adopt.
The Montgomery students are putting the assessment to the test along with students in 12 states belonging to the consortium.
This year also marks the last time students takes the Maryland School Assessment. Some in the county have criticized the use of the old test this year, saying it doesn’t match the curriculum being taught to students.