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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates0

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    • November 1, 2017

    By Doug Page Concerned that high numbers of Bay State tenth graders will fail the new version of the MCAS test — and, as a result, not graduate high school — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson is offering a lifeline. At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Massachusetts Board

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  • Report: Rhode Island to Adopt MCAS 2.0

    Report: Rhode Island to Adopt MCAS 2.00

    By Doug Page While key details are still unknown, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced it’s tossing out the Common Core-aligned PARCC to test its public school children in Grades 3-8 and adopting the MCAS 2.0 test from Massachusetts. Massachusetts first rolled out MCAS 2.0 this spring as a “hybrid” test, featuring a

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  • BOE Sets Scoring Levels, Definitions for MCAS 2.0

    BOE Sets Scoring Levels, Definitions for MCAS 2.01

    By Doug Page While the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) remains opaque about the level of Common Core-related content in the new MCAS 2.0 test, what is clear is the test’s achievement levels and their definitions. As in the previous version of the exam, there are four achievement, or scoring, levels that

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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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