assessments

Time to include social-emotional measures in assessments

Time to include social-emotional measures in assessments

Non-academic skills are vital to success in school – and beyond

BY MANY MEASURES, the Commonwealth is leading the pack when it comes to public education. Massachusetts students score higher on standardized tests than their peers across the nation and high school graduation rates have been steadily increasing over the past decade. But does that mean students are prepared for life after graduation? My organization looks(...)

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State faces testing showdown

State faces testing showdown

Whether to scrap MCAS in favor of the new PARCC assessment comes loaded with lots of other questions

Photographs by Kathleen Dooher IN 2010, WHEN the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards, it marked a big moment for the effort to get states to sign on to a common set of academic benchmarks for public school students. The existing Massachusetts standards were widely regarded(...)

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