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Stand Members Testify on Experiences with PARCC Exam


This week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held a public forum on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at Bunker Hill Community College. Two Stand for Children Massachusetts members attended and delivered testimony on why they support the new assessment.

Carrie Lee, a mother and Stand member from Dorchester explained that her children were first introduced to the PARCC test during last year’s pilot test. Once she found out they were taking this new test she decided to take a practice math and ELA assessment.

Pre-K for MA Campaign Adds Common Sense Kids Action as “Voice of Support”


Earlier this week, the Pre-K for MA campaign announced that Common Sense Kids Action has signed on as a Voice of Support. Common Sense Kids Action’s mission is to make kids and education the nation’s top priority, which aligns perfectly with the Pre-K for MA goals to help close the achievement gap and level the playing field to ensure that all Massachusetts children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Stand’s Mid-year Update


We made some incredible strides last year in our work to ensure every child gets a quality public education. But we couldn’t have done it without our members, leaders, volunteers, and generous donors – we’re honored to stand with you. And we hope you’ll join us in celebrating an incredible year.

Check out our interactive annual report to look back on what we’ve accomplished together.

Honoring Our Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day


Thinking back, we all know of one or two teachers who had an outsized impact on each of our lives. It may have been the fun history teacher who made the past come alive. It may have been a science teacher who made you see the world in a new way. Or it could have been an English teacher, making words on a page dance and twirl in your imagination.

Pre-K for MA Rolls Out New Videos


Stand for Children Massachusetts is proud to partner with other leading organizations throughout the Commonwealth, such as Strategies for Children, to bring greater access to high-quality Pre-K programs to communities that need them the most.

Website Helps Illustrate Benefits of PARCC Exam


A new section on the Future Read MA website offers parents and Massachusetts residents alike a number of educational resources on the benefits of Mass Curriculum Frameworks-aligned exams, such as PARCC. The website is complemented by a number of graphics that the Future Ready MA has released in recent weeks, illustrating a number of reasons why these exams are crucial for measuring our kids’s progress on the path to college and career.

New Bedford Standard Times Supports Push for Pre-K


In an editorial yesterday, the New Bedford Standard Times stated its support for expanding access to high-quality pre-k for students in Massachusetts. Following a visit from members of the Pre-K for MA coalition, the paper’s editorial outlined a number of reasons why support for expanded access to Pre-K is so important.

Stand CEO Writes: Parents Should Welcome the New Common Core Tests


“Ignore the left- and right-wing noise machines: the new tests being introduced to kids across the country are valuable,” wrote Jonah Edelman, CEO of Stand for Children. In a recent column for The Daily Beast, Edelman highlighted many of the benefits that the new tests, including PARCC, have versus older tests that are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Members in Action: Ursula Allston-Hill


Stand Massachusetts has a dedicated group of concerned citizens who want to ensure that all children have access to, and are prepared for college, no matter what their ZIP code or income level is. We want to recognize these amazing members and leaders in a new Members in Action series, beginning with Ursula Allston-Hill from Roxbury.

Ursula is a Stand Member Leader on the Dorchester/Mattapan team, and also serves on the Policy Committee at the Orchard Garden K-8 School where her daughter, Kyrah, currently attends a K2 program.