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  • MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance0

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    • November 29, 2017

    By Doug Page This year’s recently released MCAS results show, with few exceptions, that children from high-income communities outperformed their less-advantaged peers, and a demographic achievement gap continues to persist. Demographically, Asian and white students performed best, according to information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which administers the test

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  • Now Hiring: Who Will Be the Next Head of Massachusetts Public Schools?

    Now Hiring: Who Will Be the Next Head of Massachusetts Public Schools?2

    By Doug Page Education is to Massachusetts what oil is to Texas — it put the state on the map. Since the Commonwealth’s earliest days, when it was settled by the Puritans, education has been at the forefront, leading it to establishing world-renown universities and, in time, what many now consider the country’s best public

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  • State Officials Vague on New Standardized Test

    State Officials Vague on New Standardized Test4

    Massachusetts students in Grades 3 through 8 will take a new standardized test this month, but it’s unclear how new the test really is. Dubbed “MCAS 2.0” in October 2015 by Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the new test was proposed by Chester as a compromise between

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  • The Mystery of MCAS 2.0

    The Mystery of MCAS 2.00

    Massachusetts public school students in Grades 3-8 will take the new MCAS 2.0 test in just four months, yet state education officials still haven’t publicly detailed the breakdown of Common Core vs. non-Common Core questions on the exam. The hybrid test approach, in which the annual exam would be a mix of Common Core-aligned questions

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  • MCAS 2.0 Taking Shape

    MCAS 2.0 Taking Shape0

    Details of MCAS 2.0, the new standardized test Bay State public school children will take for the first time next spring, are emerging from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). About 425,000 Massachusetts public school students in Grades 3-8 — about 40% of the Commonwealth’s entire public student body — are expected

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  • Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Against Common Core Ballot Question

    Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Against Common Core Ballot Question0

    The controversial Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will remain in place for Bay State public schools as a result of a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling last month. On July 1, the justices unanimously ruled that a grassroots November ballot question asking voters to revoke Common Core violated state law, which means the educational standards will

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