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Time for school accountability reset

Time for school accountability reset

With so much change in state tests, a fresh start is needed in 2017

NOW THAT THE question of raising the charter school cap in Massachusetts has been resolved, at least for now, I am hopeful that we can begin to examine and discuss other necessary changes to our educational system here in the Commonwealth. I say this with a certain amount of trepidation, as it seems that every time those discussions arise the(...)

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Pioneer pans PARCC, Common Core

Pioneer pans PARCC, Common Core

Report calls MCAS a less costly, more rigorous assessment

A DAY AFTER a group of Massachusetts educators called on the state to adopt the new PARCC test, Boston-based Pioneer Institute issued a detailed report calling the Common Core-aligned PARCC test a flawed assessment and urging the state to reject its implementation and instead revise the state-based MCAS exam. Pioneer also rejected a third option(...)

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Chester pulls back from PARCC

Chester pulls back from PARCC

State education commissioner says “MCAS 2.0” is the way to go

MCAS or PARCC? “None of the above” now looks like the correct answer to that test question. What looked like an either-or choice between retaining the state’s MCAS exam or scrapping it in favor of the new Common Core-aligned PARCC test has taken an unexpected turn and landed on a compromise plan to develop a(...)

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MCAS vs. PARCC: Dead-heat in predicting college readiness

MCAS vs. PARCC: Dead-heat in predicting college readiness

Study finds two tests equally good at gauging whether students are prepared for higher ed

THE MOST CONCRETE evidence state officials will have available in deciding whether to switch to the new PARCC test or to stay with MCAS turns out to be little help in answering the question of which test is a better measure of readiness for college. The PARCC test was developed as a “next generation” assessment(...)

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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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