JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The end of the school year means it's time for state exams.
Over the next three days, students across the state in third through eighth grade are taking the Mississippi Curriculum Test.
This is the third year the new testing requirements have been given to students.
The reason is so students' testing abilities are more aligned with the other areas of the country.
Fifth grade teacher Jan Hankins said she's been preparing her students all year.
"I teach reading language arts, so we make them very familiar with competencies, with terms like text structures. With text features we talk about figurative language," said Hankins.
"The MCT2 assessments plays an important role in determining the designation of a school and a school district," said Pete Smith, spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Education.
Students across the state will be finished with testing by Friday.
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