The state Board of Education has approved a plan to adopt new math and reading tests for the 2014-15 school year.
The Board of Education voted 10-3 Wednesday to adopt tests being developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.
The consortium is a collection of educators, researchers, policymakers and community groups from across the county.
The Charleston Post and Courier reports the new math and reading exams could replace the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards test, which serves as an exit exam for high school students.
The move is intended to bring South Carolina in line with new requirements for what students must learn in math and reading every year.
Students would still be required to take existing tests for science and social studies.
The new tests must be approved by the General Assembly.