Massachusetts Education Reform Act co-author and former Senate President Tom Birmingham praised the historic success that has been achieved since the law was enacted in 1993, but expressed concern that the Commonwealth is veering away from basic principles of the law that produced that success.
Several years after Common Core implementation only half of Massachusetts students are proficient after taking the new MCAS-PARCC hybrid assessment.
In April, Rhode Island decided to dump PARCC. They partnered with Massachusetts to develop their new assessment to be administered in May.
The Rhode Island Department of Education decided to abandon PARCC for Massachusetts hybrid MCAS-PARCC Assessment and the SAT.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Friday that the language in the Common Core ballot initiative is unconstitutional.
Fordham Institute’s report on PARCC v. MCAS reads more like propaganda and lacks the basic elements of objective research.
Playing the Grinch on Christmas week the U.S. Department of Education warned that Massachusetts could lose some Title 1 funding for using two assessments this spring.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester announced that he is recommending Massachusetts use a “Next Generation MCAS” a MCAS-PARCC hybrid.
Pioneer Institute: Updating MCAS would result in lower costs and more rigorous assessments that would provide better information about student performance.
PARCC has been plugged as being able to gauge readiness better than Massachusetts current assessment – MCAS. A new study shows that is not the case.