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25,000 Maryland Students Taking Common Core Exam Won’t Have To Take State Test

Tests that measure how well students are learning the new standards are still being developed. Thirty-six states and the District have agreed to field-test Common Core standardized exams. Test designers will use the results to create final versions of the exams, which will be given next spring and will replace old state tests.

Five other states — Connecticut, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota and Vermont — also have been excused by the federal government from “double testing.” Students in Maryland will take the MSA or the Common Core field test, but not both. An additional nine states are seeking similar permission.