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When you grow up and go to school, the objective is to learn enough information to prepare you for college or for a career. The Department of Public Instruction wants to make sure North Dakota kids are even more equipped to handle the real world. That is why it will develop new standardized tests for students.

Students fill classrooms every fall ready to start off another school year. And in 2014, students will be tasked with taking more rigorous standardized tests.

"Let us get kids ready for college level, entry level. Let us get kids ready for the workforce in terms of various skills that we believe are needed," said Assistant Superintendent Bob Marthaller.

Students in grades three through eight, as well as 11th graders all take state standardized tests. That will not change.

But the tests will become more challenging and they can be administered through a computer, instead of handwritten tests.

"It is still evolving. So we still have a lot of work in terms of getting it ready. But we believe it is right for North Dakota," said Marthaller.

Smarter Balance consortium will be developing the tests. The new tests will be similar to standardized assessments in Montana, South Dakota and more than 15 other states around the country.  Students will begin taking the new tests in the 2014-2015 school year.

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