According to the New York Time, the College Board said Thursday that it was putting off the unveiling of a new standardized test intended to help eighth graders prepare for rigorous high school courses and college. It cited school districts' tight finances as the cause of the delay.

The exam had drawn sharp criticism from organizations like FairTest, a nonprofit that seeks to diminish the role of standardized tests like the SAT. The College Board, which also oversees the SAT, announced last fall that it would begin offering the test, known as ReadiStep, this fall. It had described it as


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