Michigan students among those trying new test

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Students at 700 Michigan schools are among those in about two dozen states trying out new exams tied to the national "common core" standards in math and English language arts.

The Detroit News reports the Smarter Balanced Assessment could replace the Michigan Education Assessment Program by the 2014-15 school year. Michigan is working with other states on developing the test and a pilot project this year.

The questions in the online exams are tied to the new national standards.

The new tests are expected to pose increasingly harder questions if students perform well and increasingly easier ones if they perform poorly.

The pilot project involving software and some test components will be conducted in grades three through 11, but won't have adaptive questions or grades issued.

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