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MARYLAND - School officials in Maryland are preparing for a new school year and a brand new test.

The state is phasing out its Maryland School Assessment to one that aligns with the new curriculum. This year, MSA test scores dropped to their lowest levels in seven years, as expected with the transition.

Wicomico County Superintendent of Schools John Fredericksen says the new test will be solely computer-based, to not only make it easier for students, but also to better gauge student achievement.

"It's going to be much more data rich. We're going to be able to get information on what parts of math does the kid not get, what parts of English language arts does the child not get. This will give us more information and it will be faster. They will literally take the test, and some parts of it, we'll get information back that week," he said.

During the past two years, the state has shifted its instruction to prepare for the tests by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which are aligned with the Common Core, and were recently field-tested in Maryland.

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