Maryland students could take five state-mandated tests in the 2013-14 school year: the Maryland School Assessment, to be phased out, and its replacement of four new assessments. Educators are concerned about the time needed to cover curricula and prepare students for the overlapping exams, while students' test scores will be used for the first time as part of a new system for evaluating teachers. Officials also are concerned about whether schools will have the technology available to administer the new tests, which will be given online.

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