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Maryland Public Schools Undergoing Statewide Exam Changes

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Maryland public school annual exam, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC, will soon transition into the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program, MCAP. 

By the 2019 school year, county officials expect this test to be given in all Maryland public schools. . As of right now it is still in the development stages. 

According to Wicomico County's Chief Academic Officer, Rick Briggs, the current test is too time consuming and it is causing a disruption in the classroom. 

PARCC takes students anywhere between eight to nine and a half hours to complete over a a period of time. 

"Teachers want more time to teach and students want more time to learn and so we're hopeful that with the transition to the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program we will be bale to achieve that goal," Briggs said. 

Jenn Lowe has two kids that take the PARCC Assessment and she said it's way to time consuming. 

"I know when I was younger and I took tests I did terrible on tests but I had straight A's in school so the shorter the test, the easier I think it is going to be beneficial," Lowe said. 

Tina Aycock also has two kids that take PRCC and she is in support of the change. 

"My kids, it's really hard for them to take the test because they have trouble focusing so the longer they are there the more they just get distracted and give up," Aycock said. 

However Chris Dietrich disagrees, saying kids are getting it too easy as it is. 

"I think it should be more thorough instead of cutting corners," Dietrich said. "There's not enough sitting down with kids and studying and doing homework." 

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