Despite opposition from many educators, parents and school committee members, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8 to 3 on Nov. 17 to adopt a new PARCC-infused MCAS test starting in 2017.
An amendment was adopted to hold schools and districts harmless based on the results of the 2017 test.
“Educator and parent advocacy led the commissioner to back off from his long-term explicit support for PARCC,” MTA President Barbara Madeloni said after the BESE meeting. “But no one is fooled by the shell game of hiding PARCC inside the so-called MCAS 2.0. This decision continues the destructive practice of distorting the purpose of teaching and learning through an obsessive focus on standardized test results.”
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Why the MTA Opposes PARCC
While the MCAS is certainly problematic, the proposed Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is even worse for students, educators and districts. In June, the MTA Board of Directors passed a new business item that calls for the MTA to communicate its opposition to state education officials and elected leaders and mobilize against efforts to implement PARCC as part of a broader moratorium on the high-stakes use of standardized testing. Learn more about the MTA's position on PARCC.