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Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Students missing out on great writers who ignite imagination and can transform lives

“LIVE, THEN, AND be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget,” reads The Count of Monte Cristo by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, “that… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, – ‘Wait and hope.’” Today marks the birthday of Monsieur Dumas, the genius of 19th-century romantic historical fiction, whose other masterworks(...)

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Falling short on school standards and funding

Falling short on school standards and funding

As Mass. celebrates 25th anniversary of 1993 reform law, we're squandering our gains

AS MASSACHUSETTS MARKS the 25th anniversary of a landmark Education Reform Act that propelled us to the head of the national class in public education, the Commonwealth’s latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are mildly encouraging.  But they alone cannot erase what has been nearly a decade of troubling news on(...)

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Massachusetts gets demographic boost, but still scores at top

Amidst all the debate about which annual standardized test to use in Massachusetts — and whether we are testing too much or attaching too many consequences to its outcomes — new results are out from the one test that allows for direct comparisons among all states. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is(...)

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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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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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