The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today on whether to adopt PARCC, stay with MCAS or take the Commissioner's recommondation and combine MCAS and PARCC to create a hybrid MCAS 2.0 as the State assessment. The board voted and approved the hybrid MCAS 2.0 on an 8-3 vote earlier. Below is Stand for Children's statement.
STATEMENT: BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION APPROVAL OF NEW STATE ASSESSMENT
Stand for Children is pleased the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has acknowledged that MCAS has outlived its usefulness. However, we are concerned about the continued lack of clarity surrounding both the content of and cost to develop MCAS 2.0, the proposed new state assessment. We share the Commissioner’s position that PARCC is a superior state assessment, and we urge BESE to ensure this new test is based primarily on PARCC.
Over the next two years, Stand will work with our partners to ensure clarity for teachers, students, and parents. We strongly urge BESE to create the new state assessment using PARCC, primarily, in order to build upon the years of investment already made by the state and hundreds of Massachusetts educators who developed it. Massachusetts students deserve to have a fair and skills-based state assessment that will close the current ‘honesty gap’ with MCAS outcomes by giving students and families an accurate measure of whether students are on track to be successful in today’s colleges and careers.