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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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  • Board of Education Accepts New Standardized Test for 2017: ‘MCAS 2.0’

    Board of Education Accepts New Standardized Test for 2017: ‘MCAS 2.0’0

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    • December 1, 2015

    The Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) has settled the contentious debate over which standardized test Bay State public school children will take by splitting the difference, approving Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s recommendation to use a hybrid test, composed of questions from the controversial, Common Core-aligned PARCC exam along with those from the homegrown MCAS test.   Dubbed “MCAS

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  • Common Core Opposition Gains Momentum in Massachusetts

    Common Core Opposition Gains Momentum in Massachusetts0

    From the Connecticut River Valley to Beacon Hill, a growing chorus of Bay Staters — teachers, parents, school administrators, and even elected officials — are speaking out against Common Core and its aligned PARCC test, but it’s uncertain if there’s enough resistance to stop it. The opposition starts with proposed legislation, sponsored by State Rep. Marjorie

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  • What is PARCC?

    What is PARCC?0

    According to the official PARCC website: The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers,

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