News & Resources

  • MTA Toolkit on High-Stakes Testing A wide range of resources related to high-stakes testing including testimony in support of H.340, calling for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing and the MTA's support for the opt-out movement.
  • PARCC-infused "MCAS 2.0" Is Wrong for Massachusetts
    Statement from MTA President Barbara Madeloni on the education commissioner's recommendation for a new state test.
  • MCAS vs. PARCC: Dead-heat in predicting college readiness , Commonwealth, Oct. 13, 2015
    The most concrete evidence state officials will have available in deciding whether to switch to the new PARCC test or to stay with MCAS turns out to be little help in answering the question of which test is a better measure of readiness for college.
  • Welcome to my world (PARCC: Part I) , MAStewartMA, Oct. 15, 2015
    Mary Ann Stewart, parent member on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, reviews the evidence and raises question in the weeks leading up to the vote on the future of PARCC in Massachusetts.
  • Please put the brakes on PARCC , The Daily Item of Lynn, Oct. 16, 2015
    "PARCC tests do not measure what we should value." - Jeff Crosby, president of the North Shore Labor Council

DESE/PARCC Materials

  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers a range of information related to PARCC on its website including this FAQ.
  • The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is located online at