MCAS Test to be Replaced

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Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester, who serves as chairman of the PARCC Governing Board, said the new assessment being developed is "very responsive" to feedback from employers and institutes of higher education regarding what they expect of high school graduates. "The MCAS has been in place for more than a decade now, and so we're looking to develop the next generation of assessment, one that requires students to do more performance-based application of what they learn than the current MCAS does, to be able to write in each grade, to read text, do research and demonstrate their ability to make sense out of what they've read and digest the information and report the information," Chester said Thursday during a tour of Fitchburg Public Schools. "These are all more advanced skills than the current MCAS emphasizes." Read the Sentinel & Enterprise article...

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