BOSTON (CBS) – Starting next week, more than half of all elementary and middle school students in Massachusetts will begin taking the new PARCC test.

This is a pilot program as officials decide if the test should replace the MCAS exam.

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PARCC is the assessment for Common Core, a controversial new national standard. MCAS is only taken in Massachusetts.

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This is the second year of the pilot program to decide if Massachusetts will switch to the new test. PARCC is intended to be taken on the computer — but there is a paper option.

Parents and teachers will get a chance to weigh in on PARCC at public hearings later this spring. An answer on PARCC will be made next fall.

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CLICK HERE to take a practice test.