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Mixed Results of MCAS Science

Last spring's exams marked the first time students have taken a science MCAS test, and about a quarter of Massachusetts students failed. The students took four tests involving physics, biology, chemistry and engineering.

At most high schools in the state, 90 percent of students pass the math and English MCAS tests, which are required to graduate. Students in the class of 2010 are the first who must pass one of the new science exams to receive a diploma. Those who failed will have another chance to take the exam next spring.

This program aired on October 15, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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