State Issues Latest Test Scores As Key Decision Nears 

ThinkstockPhotos-89526248BOSTON (AP) — State education officials say students who took the PARCC exams on computers last spring were less likely to meet expectations than those who took the traditional MCAS exams.

School districts were the given the choice in 2015 of administering PARCC, which is aligned with federal Common Core standards, or MCAS in grades 3-8.

In all but the 4th grade, MCAS takers were more likely to score proficient or higher than PARCC takers were to score in the “meeting expectations” range. But education officials cautioned not to read too much into those results.

The board of education will decide in November whether PARCC will replace MCAS as the state’s primary educational assessment tool and high school graduation requirement.

Statewide, 88 percent of the class of 2017 passed the 10th-grade MCAS on their first try last spring.

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