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27 Vermont schools picked to try new tests

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Education says it has picked 27 schools in which to test a new computer-based assessment program.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace the state's current New England Common Assessment Program known as NECAP for math and English language arts in the spring of 2015.

The elementary, middle and high schools were selected from 80 schools that had volunteered to participate. The agency said the finalists were picked in the order in which their applications were received.

The students taking part will not have to take the NECAP tests this fall.

The Education Agency says the new tests are being developed by a consortium of 28 states and are expected to provide more accurate results while decreasing the amount of time students spend taking tests.

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