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Jan 8, 2013 2:28 PM by The Associated Press

Calif. aims to test students' critical thinking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official says the state will be moving away from fill-in-the bubble multiple choice standardized tests in the future.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Tuesday the education department is overhauling the state's battery of exams that annually test student achievement in English-language arts and math.

Torlakson says the new tests will emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills and be largely administered by computer.

He says students will be required to provide deeper, more extended responses that will require some scoring by hand.

The new tests are slated to debut in the 2014-15 school year after state lawmakers approve the concept.

The revamped tests come as the state is phasing in national curriculum standards that aim at developing analytical skills over rote memorization.

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