• education Sep 21

    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 Sep 21

    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 Sep 20

    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 Sep 19

    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 26

    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

    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 Apr 21

    Mass. Education Board Waives MCAS as Graduation Requirement

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

  • education Apr 20

    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 Apr 21

    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 Apr 16

    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

    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.

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