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High school seniors find out their scores in the science MCAS tests on Friday. This is the first year students need to pass it in order to graduate high school.

But it might be among the last years for the MCAS — or, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said Thursday that Massachusetts is investigating "a new multi-state student assessment program based on college and career-ready standards."

Longtime educator Maria Lefort joined WBUR to talk about what such a change could mean for students and teachers in Massachusetts. Lefort is currently an associate principal and coordinates the MCAS at Brockton High School, where she has been teaching for 35 years.

This program aired on May 21, 2010.

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