PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — All Rhode Island school districts will be giving a trial run for a new standardized test that's running into opposition in other states.
The Providence Journal reports that about 9,000 students will be "field testing" the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, beginning Monday.
More than 1 million students in 13 other states also will be trying out the test, which includes the tough new Common Core standards shared by Rhode Island and 45 other states.
The PARCC test is given on computers and will replace the New England Common Assessment Program tests next year.
Opponents of the test say it's part of a growing obsession with testing. At least four states are either dropping PARCC or considering dropping it or delaying implementation.