PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island education officials say the state will be switching to a new standardized test for students in grades 3 to 11 that some teachers say will be more challenging than the New England Common Assessment Program tests that are now used.
Officials told The Providence Journal that they'll begin using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests in the spring of 2015. Twenty-one other states will use the same tests, allowing for state-to-state comparisons of student performance for the first time.
News of the new tests comes amid complaints by student groups that the NECAP tests are too difficult.
Some local school officials say they're also worried about the cost of the new tests because they'll have to buy laptop computers for all students.
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