More rigorous test standards take effect for Vermont students with a new education exam in 2015.
Vermont schools are already making changes to prepare students for standards that officials say are designed to better equip young people for careers or college.
Mount Mansfield Union High School has tweaked an algebra course and will make changes to its geometry instruction in preparation for the new standards adopted by 45 states.
Teachers in the Barre Supervisory Union have taken a practice test, so they'll know what will be expected of students. And 27 schools will try out the new test next spring before it's given at all Vermont schools.
The test is computer-based, and officials say it gives a better assessment of a student's reasoning and critical thinking.