Mitchell Chester

3 finalists named for state education commissioner

3 finalists named for state education commissioner

Field narrowed to Lawrence schools receiver and state officials from New York and Texas

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT announced three finalists in the search for a new commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education today, tapping a well-known Massachusetts educator and two out of state candidates. Jeff Riley, the state-appointed receiver for the Lawrence schools, Angelica Infante-Green, a deputy commissioner in the New York state education department, and Penny Schwinn,(...)

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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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