Reaching for the Mark

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Elementary schools across the state begin taking state-mandated assessment tests Tuesday.

The Newton Municipal School District chose to help many anxious students unwind the day before the test by hosting a motivational pep rally.

Three hundred students in grades 2-4 will be taking the MCT. Superintendent, Dr. Mina Bryan says her students are ready.

"We have made certain that our students have been pushed to the ninth degree," said Bryan. "This was a motivational pep rally. We are ready. We have worked hard and we are ready to shine."

In addition, to the MCT, which will focus on three key areas of skills including language arts, math, and reading, the district will also be testing the kindergarten and first graders next week on the Teranova exam which is not state-mandated.

"These tests will allow us to see the growth the children have made throughout the year," said Newton Elementary principal, Barbara Weir.