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

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance0

    • NEWS
    • 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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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates0

    • NEWS
    • 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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  • 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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  • State Official Offers Update on MCAS 2.0

    State Official Offers Update on MCAS 2.00

    Editor’s Note: Our reporter Doug Page caught up the Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester at a recent Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge. This is an edited transcript of that interview. baystateparent: When will you have a decision on MCAS 2.0 test, which I guess is still under

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  • Standardized Science Tests Show Mixed Results for Mass Students

    Standardized Science Tests Show Mixed Results for Mass Students0

    Are Massachusetts’s public school students all-stars or also-rans in science compared to their fellow students around the country and the world? The answer depends on who’s talking and which standardized test is under the microscope. One measure of how well Bay State kids are performing recently came from the 8th grade science test designed by

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