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The two-year test drive of a new, online assessment that could replace the 17-year-old MCAS exam got underway in multiple school districts South of Boston last week.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has already generated opposition among advocacy groups and others who see it as another in a long line of unfunded mandates that already overburden school districts.
State Education Secretary Mitchell Chester, who is chairman of the PARCC governing board, has made the case that Massachusetts needs a new test to correspond with Common Core, the new federal education standards.