SALISBURY, Md. - The new age of standardized testing begins with practice tests at Maryland schools.
Starting Monday through April 11th, students at random in Maryland counties across the Eastern Shore began taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC.
Some are taking them on computers, others on paper.
In Wicomico County, school improvement assessments and accountability coordinator Gary Doss says every school is participating, but only one class was randomly selected for their results to be evaluated.
"We're not double testing in our county, so if a student participates in the [English Language Arts or ELA] for PARCC, then they wouldn't take our [Maryland School Assessment] reading test," said Doss. "If they participate in the mathematics PARCC, they wouldn't take the mathematics in the MSA."
Doss says the purpose of the practice tests is to evaluate the efficacy of the tests themselves. None of the scores will count this year and officials say the field tests should take no more than three hours for most students.
Next year, Maryland schools will be switching over to common core assessments.