• education September 29, 2022 12:24 pm

    Latest MCAS Results Show Continued Need for Improvement, Highlight Literacy Concerns

    The latest MCAS were a mixed bag, with slight improvements in math and science but a decline in English language arts (ELA) skills, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Thursday. This is the second release of results since the pandemic shut down schools and upended routines in 2020. The scores are still lower…

  • MCAS August 15, 2022 11:11 pm

    Education Board Hikes MCAS Graduation Requirements

    The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education accepted Commissioner Jeff Riley’s recommendation to update MCAS regulations and the competency determination that would establish a new passing standard for English language arts, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering for the classes of 2026 through 2029.

  • MCAS August 16, 2022 12:02 am

    Education Leaders Vote to Raise MCAS Graduation Requirements

    The state board of education voted Monday to raise the minimum score that this year’s incoming freshman class and at least the four classes that follow will have to attain on the MCAS test in order to graduate high school, a controversial decision that was blasted by teachers union officials and a handful of lawmakers. The Board of Elementary...

  • MCAS August 15, 2022 8:22 am

    Education Leaders to Vote on Potentially Raising MCAS Score Requirements

    Massachusetts state education officials are set to hold a meeting Monday to discuss potentially raising the score students must achieve on the MCAS standardized test.

  • education June 7, 2022 7:10 am

    Students to Protest Changes to MCAS Graduation Requirements

    High school students in Boston plan to protest the standardized MCAS test as Massachusetts education officials consider raising the minimum scores needed to graduate.

  • education June 7, 2022 11:54 am

    Small Showing at MCAS Testing Walkout in Boston

    High school students in Boston planned to protest the standardized MCAS test as Massachusetts education officials consider raising the minimum scores needed to graduate, though only a handful showed up. Students at the Snowden International School near Copley Square had planned their protest for when the school was scheduled to administer the physics MCAS to students at 10 a.m. Tuesday…

  • education January 25, 2022 1:22 pm

    State Scraps Engineering, Technology MCAS Exams

    The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Tuesday to phase out two of the MCAS science exams currently offered to high schoolers, even as some members voiced concerns about the signal that decision might be sending.

  • education September 21, 2021 7:07 am

    MCAS Results to Be Released Tuesday

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to publicly release results of spring 2021 MCAS tests Tuesday morning. Experts say the test results could help determine where students need more instruction after more than a year of remote learning.

  • education September 21, 2021 6:48 pm

    MCAS Test Results Reveal Remote Learning Shortfalls in Math, English

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the results of spring 2021 MCAS tests Tuesday morning. Results show that many more students had gaps in their knowledge of math and, to a lesser extent, English language arts, compared to students in the same grades before the COVID-19 pandemic, and fewer students met or exceeded grade level expectations.  “The…

  • MCAS September 20, 2021 7:25 pm

    Proposal to Eliminate MCAS Requirement Sparks Serious Debate

    More than 50,000 students have faced similar circumstances the last nearly 20 years, a point that a chorus of lawmakers and education reform advocates hammered on Monday as they called for the legislature to eliminate the state’s MCAS graduation requirements or pause the tests altogether.

  • MCAS September 19, 2021 9:02 am

    Bill to Scrap MCAS Test is Subject of Virtual Public Hearing

    A bill that would scrap the MCAS test as a graduation requirement in Massachusetts is the subject of a virtual public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday. The bill would replace the standardized test with what supporters describe as “a broader and democratically determined framework to measure school quality, along with more authentic forms of demonstrating student achievement.” The bill…

  • coronavirus May 25, 2021 8:27 pm

    Mass. Teacher Says She Was Suspended for Not Administering MCAS Exam

    Deb McCarthy was back inside her fifth grade classroom Tuesday after serving a two-day suspension — she said she’d been told to go home Friday and stay there Monday when she refused to administer the MCAS exam. McCarthy is being called a conscientious objector, one of at least 55 teachers, most of them in the Cambridge school system, who say…

  • coronavirus May 25, 2021 7:47 pm

    Hull Teacher Says She Was Suspended Over MCAS Test Protest

    A Hull teacher says she was suspended from her job because she refused to proctor the MCAS exam, which she and other teachers say shouldn’t be administered because of the COVID pandemic.

  • MCAS April 20, 2021 8:27 pm

    Mass. Education Board Waives MCAS as Graduation Requirement

    The MCAS exam was waived as a graduation requirement for current Massachusetts juniors.

  • education April 20, 2021 7:07 am

    State Board Vote on MCAS Graduate Requirements

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is due to vote Tuesday on whether or not to eliminate MCAS graduation requirements for the class of 2022.

  • education April 20, 2021 8:34 pm

    Mass. Education Board Eliminates MCAS Graduation Requirement for Class of 2022

    The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to eliminate MCAS graduation requirements for the class of 2022.

  • boston public schools April 16, 2021 9:33 am

    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 April 1, 2021 1:15 pm

    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 March 5, 2021 1:59 pm

    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 February 28, 2021 6:42 pm

    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…

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