PARCC Forums

MTA members have a great opportunity to let state education officials know what they think about PARCC — and about high-stakes testing in general — at a series of upcoming state-sponsored forums. We urge members to attend and speak out.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is looking for feedback on whether to replace MCAS with PARCC. It is critical that the BESE hear from educators about the impact of PARCC on students and teaching. Tell your stories about PARCC, but also take advantage of this opportunity to inform officials about the true effects of the testing mandates on teaching and learning.

The following is the information provided on the hearings.

Final PARCC Forum Scheduled for July 7

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has been holding a series of public forums across the Commonwealth on its upcoming decision on whether to sunset the MCAS tests and adopt the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC). MTA members are encouraged to come and describe their own experiences with PARCC. The final forum will be held:

Individuals who would like to speak must register when they arrive and will be given three minutes to speak within the time allotted. If you cannot attend a forum, email written comments to boe@doe.mass.edu.

The BESE is expected to make a decision this fall on whether PARCC should replace current MCAS tests in English language arts and mathematics. (Regardless of the board’s decision, high school MCAS tests will remain a graduation requirement through at least the class of 2019.) The board will review the results of last year's PARCC field tests, this year's operational tests, studies conducted by other organizations and feedback from the forums.

This year, the MTA Board has approved a bill that would establish a three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing. During those three years, a task force would be created to look at what impact all this testing is having on creating and supporting the schools our students deserve. Click here for information about the bill and for MTA messages on high-stakes testing.