The stakes are higher than ever for teachers and schools as testing begins



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GREENFIELD — While the term “March Madness” is usually associated with the college basketball tournament, it could also easily apply to statewide standardized testing that begins next week.

Starting Monday through March 13, schoolchildren will be hunkering down for the high-stakes exam known as ISTEP. Later this month, third-graders will take the IREAD exam, which they must pass to be promoted to fourth grade.

The testing can be maddening for students, but this year, for the first time, the test results will also affect teachers.

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