As reported in The Washington Post, Maryland has received a waiver to allow students trying out a new standardized test this year to avoid double-testing. The new standardized test is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). In the past, the test administered was the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).
Maryland received this waiver on the condition that it administers the PARCC to all students next school year.
This year, one class in nearly every public school will take the PARCC’s math or the reading section, said William Reinhard, spokesman for the state’s education department.
Under the new waiver, students who take the PARCC math test won’t need to take the math portion of the MSA, Reinhard said. The same applies for reading.