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John Monfredo: Field Testing on PARCC Begins

Saturday, March 29, 2014

 

We are going to be embarking on a new era of testing ultimately to replace the pencil and paper test, believes John Monfredo.

This week some students in the Worcester Public Schools will start being field tested in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The assessment test will measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and in their careers. A determination will be decided next year by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) if this test will replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

Addressing the issues

Due to fact that this is a field test many parents across Massachusetts have objected to more testing and felt that their child should not be subjected to this test. Thus, this week a letter from School Superintendent Melinda Boone addressed this issue. She stated:

As you may have heard, Massachusetts is a participating state in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multi-state project to develop a next-generation computer – based testing program. The goal of PARCC is to measure student’s progress toward the state’s new academic learning standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Over the next two years Massachusetts is piloting the PARCC test in schools throughout the state to see how well it measures the state’s learning standards and to help determine whether it should replace MCAS… I am writing to inform you that your child’s class has been selected for participation in an English language arts or mathematics field test between March 24 and April 11.

The purpose of the field test is to allow schools and students to experience the new test before it counts and to allow PARCC test developers to ensure that the test questions are fair, on grade level, and measure the intended skills. I would like to assure you that your child will not receive a score or grade based on his or her performance on the PARCC field test. Should you choose for your child not to participate in the field test, please notify your child’s principal prior to the testing date. Your child’s school will be notifying you of the testing dates soon. There will be no academic or disciplinary penalty for not participating, and appropriate accommodations will be provided during testing time.

If you wish to learn more about PARCC, please visit the web site of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at http://www.doe.mass.edu/parcc/. If you have additional questions, you may contact Worcester Public Schools’ office of Research and Accountability at [email protected] or, as always, ask your child’s principal.

Should students take the PARCC?

There have been many debates throughout the state on whether students have to take this field test. Unfortunately the State’s education department dropped the ball on this issue. First, the board voted in the fall to begin the pilot testing to assess if the schools should move from the current MCAS tests to these new exams. As part of the field test not all students will take the test for it has been estimated 15% of the state’s students in approximately two-thirds of the state schools will be involved.

When some parents objected to the test, DESE released a legal opinion saying that parents have no right to refuse PARCC testing for their children. As the uproar continued Bob Bickerton, senior associate commissioner at DESE, said the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 does not give the state the authority to allow students to not take a standardized test, but that “common sense prevails from that point forward. He stated, “We’re not going to force the kids to take the test.” Thus, his statement appeared that it represented a change in policy by the state, which some felt was unclear on whether students would have to take the upcoming trial version of PARCC.

The Worcester School Committee did vote to give parents the right to opt out if so desired and I supported that move. However, I do hope that parents are cautious when it comes to making such a decision.

For as a parent and a former principal, I would like to be at the table when the final testing options are decided. Even though I am not a strong proponent of high stakes testing, I believe that any test gives students an opportunity to learn something from it.

In addition, teachers and principals will have the opportunity to review the test and give feedback so down the road we can give our opinion to DESE on whether it is something that should be a replacement for MCAS.

PARCC vs. MCAS

If approved in two years, in many ways PARCC testing will be different from MCAS. Perhaps the biggest difference it that PARCC will be a computer-based test, although a pencil and paper version is available for the field test. In addition, PARCC has two summative assessments: a performance-based assessment given about three-quarters of the way through the school year and an end of year assessment. PARCC will test students in grades 3-11 in ELA and Math, and will assess writing skills in all of those grades. Currently MCAS is given in grades 3-8 and 10, with writing assessments at grades 4, 7 and 10. Literacy improvement is a huge part of the PARCC testing process.

According to state officials, PARCC also has a different focus than MCAS: tracking college and career readiness rather than proficiency in a particular subject matter. This distinction has very practical importance for recent studies show that more than 50 percent of students entering two-year colleges and up to 20 percent of those entering four-year colleges need to take some type of remedial, non-credit course in order to be prepared to take college-level courses, at a cost estimated in the billions.

Even though today’s generation certainly knows how to text, my concern with the PARCC testing would be in the typing of the long essay portion of the test. Will it generate less writing than before? Should schools start early to teach keyboard skills? Those are questions that will have to be answered as we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the PARCC testing.

We are going to be embarking on a new era of testing ultimately to replace the pencil and paper test. There will certainly be lots of anticipation so let’s see what happens and evaluate the results!

 

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#50 Curtis-Tufts HS

Medford, MA

Total enrollment: 67

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 4.5%
Black: 27.3%
Hispanic: 13.6%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 54.5%

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#49 Boston Green Acad.

Boston Green Acad. Horace Mann Charter, Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 324

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.8%
Black: 53.1%
Hispanic: 28.4%
Two or more races: 0.3%
White: 15.1%

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#48 Fitchburg HS

Fitchburg, MA

Total enrollment: 1,116

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 7.0%
Black: 7.3%
Hispanic: 44.8%
Two or more races: 4.1%
White: 36.6%

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#47 Global Learning

Global Learning Charter Public HS, New Bedford, MA

Total enrollment: 501

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 12.6%
Hispanic: 27.9%
Two or more races: 4.2%
White: 53.5%

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#46 Lowell Middlesex

Lowell Middlesex Acad. Charter HS, Lowell, MA

Total enrollment: 99

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.1%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 38.4%
Two or more races: 5.1%
White: 42.4%

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#45 Community Academy

Jamaica Plain, MA

Total enrollment: 67

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Black: 40.3%
Hispanic: 16.4%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 40.3%

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#44 Quincy HS

Quincy, MA

Total enrollment: 1,519

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 23.9%
Black: 9.8%
Hispanic: 7.4%
Two or more races: 1.8%
White: 56.3%

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#43 Foxborough Regional

Foxborough Reg. Charter HS, Foxborough, MA

Total enrollment: 1,265

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.4%
Black: 23.8%
Hispanic: 5.1%
Two or more races: 4.5%
White: 56.3%

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#42 Boston Collegiate

Boston Collegiate Charter HS, Dorchester, MA

Total enrollment: 632

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.9%
Black: 25.5%
Hispanic: 15.7%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 54.4%

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#41 Full Circle HS

Somerville, MA

Total enrollment: 56

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.8%
Black: 21.4%
Hispanic: 35.7%
Two or more races: 1.8%
White: 39.3%

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#40 Waltham Senior HS

Waltham, MA

Total enrollment: 1,389

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.4%
Black: 11.2%
Hispanic: 30.6%
Two or more races: 2.6%
White: 49.1%

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#39 Medford HS

Medford MA

Total enrollment: 1,155

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.0%
Black: 18.4%
Hispanic: 8.2%
Two or more races: 1.9%
White: 61.9%

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#38 Snowden International

Snowden Int'l School at Copley, Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 397

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 7.6%
Black: 38.3%
Hispanic: 41.3%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 9.6%

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#37 Brockton HS

Brockton Champion HS, Brockton, MA

Total enrollment: 194

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 41.2%
Hispanic: 19.6%
Two or more races: 2.6%
White: 35.1%

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#36 Worcester Tech. HS

Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 1,358

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.8%
Black: 12.4%
Hispanic: 34.6%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 44.5%

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#35 Acad. of the Pac. Rim

Acad. of the Pac. Rim Charter Public HS, Hyde Park MA

Total enrollment: 498

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
Black: 58.4%
Hispanic: 20.5%
Two or more races: 3.4%
White: 16.3%

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#34 Lynn Vocational

Lynn Vocational Tech. Institute, Lynn, MA

Total enrollment: 750

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.7%
Black: 10.7%
Hispanic: 60.0%
Two or more races: 2.9%
White: 18.9%

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#33 Boston Arts Academy

Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 445

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.1%
Black: 38.7%
Hispanic: 40.0%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 15.5%

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#32 Greater Lowell

Greater Lowell Reg. Vocational Tech.,  Tyngsborough, MA

Total enrollment: 2,112

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 14.8%
Black: 3.9%
Hispanic: 26.6%
Two or more races: 2.6%
White: 51.7%

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#31 Amherst Regional HS

Amherst, MA

Total enrollment: 1,004

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.0%
Black: 8.3%
Hispanic: 12.2%
Two or more races: 8.4%
White: 61.2%

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#30 Horace Mann

Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Allston, MA

Total enrollment: 111

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.0%
Black: 36.0%
Hispanic: 41.4%
Two or more races: 1.8%
White: 11.7%

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#29 Everett HS

Everett, MA

Total enrollment: 2,004

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 4.9%
Black: 23.9%
Hispanic: 32.4%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 37.5%

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#28 Lynn English HS

Lynn, MA

Total enrollment: 1,611

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.9%
Black: 10.8%
Hispanic: 53.0%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 24.0%

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#27 Boston Latin HS

Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 2,379

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 29.1%
Black: 9.5%
Hispanic: 10.6%
Two or more races: 3.1%
White: 47.7%

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#26 Prospect Hill

Prospect Hill Academy Charter HS, Cambridge, MA

Total enrollment: 1,148

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.9%
Black: 57.2%
Hispanic: 19.6%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 13.0%

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#25 Brookline HS

Brookline, MA

Total enrollment: 1,832

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 14.8%
Black: 7.9%
Hispanic: 10.3%
Two or more races: 7.0%
White: 60.0%

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#24 New Bedford HS

New Bedford, MA

Total enrollment: 2,436

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.7%
Black: 14.8%
Hispanic: 31.1%
Two or more races: 6.5%
White: 45.0%

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#23 Randolph HS

New Bedford, MA

Total enrollment: 746

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 17.4%
Black: 58.7%
Hispanic: 9.0%
Two or more races: 1.6%
White: 12.7%

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#22 Charlestown HS

Charlestown, MA

Total enrollment: 935

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 20.2%
Black: 41.9%
Hispanic: 30.4%
Two or more races: 0.9%
White: 6.2%

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#21 Burncoat Senior HS

Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 996

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.1%
Black: 17.1%
Hispanic: 39.8%
Two or more races: 2.1%
White: 35.5%

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#20 Springfield Ren.

Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

Total enrollment: 705

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
Black: 25.5%
Hispanic: 42.6%
Two or more races: 6.1%
White: 24.3%

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#19 Sabis International

Sabis Int'l Charter School, Springfield, MA

Total enrollment: 1,574

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.8%
Black: 30.1%
Hispanic: 33.2%
Two or more races: 5.2%
White: 28.2%

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#18 Quincy Upper HS

Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 487

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 53.2%
Black: 20.7%
Hispanic: 16.8%
Two or more races: 2.3%
White: 7.0%

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#17 Springfield Central HS

Springfield, MA

Total enrollment: 2,086

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.6%
Black: 24.1%
Hispanic: 49.8%
Two or more races: 3.7%
White: 15.7%

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#16 Mystic Valley

Mystic Valley Reg. Charter HS, Malden, MA

Total enrollment: 1,499

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 16.0%
Black: 16.6%
Hispanic: 6.2%
Two or more races: 3.9%
White: 57.2%

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#15 Univ. Park Campus

University Park Campus HS, Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 230

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 23.9%
Black: 7.4%
Hispanic: 49.3%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 18.3%

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#14 Doherty Mem. HS

Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 1,337

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.3%
Black: 14.1%
Hispanic: 30.3%
Two or more races: 2.2%
White: 43.4%

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#13 North HS

Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 1,295

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.3%
Black: 19.2%
Hispanic: 46.4%
Two or more races: 1.7%
White: 24.2%

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#12 Lowell HS

Lowell, MA

Total enrollment: 3,054

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 32.5%
Black: 9.7%
Hispanic: 24.1%
Two or more races: 1.1%
White: 32.4%

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#11 Whaling City Alt.

Whaling City Alternative HS, New Bedford, MA

Total enrollment: 99

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 2.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 20.2%
Hispanic: 37.4%
Two or more races: 8.1%
White: 31.4%

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#10 Somerville HS

Somerville, MA

Total enrollment: 1,265

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.6%
Black: 15.3%
Hispanic: 39.8%
Two or more races: 0.9%
White: 32.3%

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#9 Pioneer Charter

Pioneer Charter School of Science, Everett, MA

Total enrollment: 359

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 2.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.7%
Black: 37.0%
Hispanic: 17.8%
Two or more races: 0.6%
White: 33.4%

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#8 Lynn Classical HS

Lynn, MA

Total enrollment: 1,498

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.8%
Black: 14.3%
Hispanic: 45.6%
Two or more races: 2.7%
White: 25.4%

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#7 Cambridge Rindge

Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA

Total enrollment: 1,741

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.8%
Black: 33.2%
Hispanic: 14.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 37.5%

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#6 Fecteau-Leary

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior HS, Lynn, MA

Total enrollment: 157

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.3%
Black: 19.7%
Hispanic: 43.3%
Two or more races: 3.8%
White: 24.2%

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#5 O'Bryant HS

Roxbury, MA

Total enrollment: 1,353

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 21.3%
Black: 37.2%
Hispanic: 28.6%
Two or more races: 1.6%
White: 11.1%

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#4 Excel HS

South Boston, MA

Total enrollment: 550

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 22.5%
Black: 38.4%
Hispanic: 23.3%
Two or more races: 1.6%
White: 13.6%

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#3 South HS

Worcester, MA

Total enrollment: 1,264

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 14.9%
Black: 19.6%
Hispanic: 39.2%
Two or more races: 1.7%
White: 24.1%

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#2 Boston Latin Acad.

Dorchester, MA

Total enrollment: 1,689

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 21.6%
Black: 27.1%
Hispanic: 20.7%
Two or more races: 1.8%
White: 28.2%

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#1 Malden HS

Malden, MA

Total enrollment: 1,835

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 24.9%
Black: 22.6%
Hispanic: 19.9%
Two or more races: 3.7%
White: 28.3%

 
 

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