• boston public schools 10 hours ago

    Judge: Boston Exam Schools Admissions Policy ‘Race-Neutral'

    A federal judge has upheld a temporary admissions policy at Boston’s elite exam high schools, ruling against a parents group that said in a lawsuit it discriminated against white and Asian students. “This court finds and rules that the plan is race-neutral, and that neither the factors used nor the goal of greater diversity qualify as a racial classification,”...

  • coronavirus Apr 1

    Mass. Officials Consider Dropping MCAS Requirements for High School Juniors

    This year’s 11th graders would not be required to take the state’s MCAS assessment under a plan Education Commissioner Jeff Riley expects to present to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval. Riley announced Thursday that he intends to recommend changes to the graduation requirements for the class of 2022 that would modify the competency determination for...

  • coronavirus Mar 5

    Spring MCAS Testing Postponed as Schools Look to Reopen

    Massachusetts education officials on Friday updated their planned MCAS testing schedule, pushing back exam dates for students in grades three through eight. An email the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent to superintendents shortly before noon informed them of a May 10 to June 11 testing window for students in grades three through five, with dates to be determined…

  • boston public schools Feb 28

    Parent Group Sues BPS to Block New Exam Schools Admissions Plan

    Boston Public Schools’ new admissions plan that changes the way its top exam schools will accept students this year is receiving a challenge in court from a parent group. The one-year plan, passed unanimously by the Boston School Committee on Oct. 22 in response to challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, removes the requirement for applicants to complete an admissions…

  • MCAS Feb 19

    Groups Urge Cancelation of Spring MCAS, Saying It Will Worsen Disparities

    A collection of education and civil rights groups wrote to state lawmakers on Wednesday, saying they are “absolutely convinced” the state should not administer its MCAS exams this year. Citizens for Public Schools and 17 other organizations urged legislators and state education officials to seek a federal waiver that would allow them to cancel the tests this spring, as Massachusetts…

  • MCAS Feb 19

    Groups Urge Cancelation of Spring MCAS

    The MCAS may not be a productive use of time during the pandemic, possibly causing more harm than good, according to critics.

  • MCAS Jan 5

    MCAS Testing Set to Return, But With These Changes

    This year’s MCAS exams will feature “significantly” reduced testing time for third through eighth graders, and no schools will be newly named underperforming in the upcoming school year, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told superintendents in a memo Tuesday. “The sudden shift to remote learning last spring, and the continuation of hybrid/remote learning this school year has...

  • Massachusetts Oct 28, 2020

    Mass. Keeps Pressure on School Districts to Have Kids in Classrooms

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his top education advisors urged schools Tuesday not to overreact to the rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, telling even those districts in communities deemed to be at the highest risk for transmission of the virus to stick with in-person learning unless there is evidence of spread within the school system. Education Secretary Jim Peyser…

  • education Sep 30, 2020

    MCAS Testing to Resume This Spring

    Massachusetts students should expect to take their MCAS exams next spring, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday. In spring of this year, after schools were abruptly forced to transition to remote learning as COVID-19 cases mounted, state officials suspended the MCAS testing requirement for 2020. A federal decision allowing states to cancel tests if they filed waiver…

  • MCAS Aug 10, 2020

    Mass. Lawmakers Hear Bill That Would Suspend MCAS Testing

    A proposed bill is working its way through Beacon Hill in an effort to put the MCAS graduation requirement for students on hold.

  • schools Aug 10, 2020

    Lawmakers Consider Four-Year Delay for MCAS

    A graduation requirement for high school seniors could be put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic if a bill is passed on Beacon Hill. The Joint Committee on Education will accept written testimony on a bill that would keep schools from using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, also known as “MCAS” tests, as a condition for students in order…

  • schools Aug 10, 2020

    Testimony Today on Bill to Delay MCAS Tests

    The Joint Committee on Education will accept written testimony on a bill that would keep schools from using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, also known as “MCAS” tests, as a graduation requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • education May 27, 2020

    High School Sophomores Likely to Take MCAS Next Winter

    High school sophomores, who missed their first chance to take the English and math MCAS exams this spring, will likely be given the tests this winter, as 11th graders, under a plan to be discussed at a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting Tuesday. In a memo to board members, Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said administering the 10th grade…

  • MCAS Apr 11, 2020

    MCAS Requirement Waived for Mass. Students This Spring

    Students in Massachusetts won’t have to take the MCAS exams this spring, amidst school closures across the state due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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