Let’s keep the MCAS

Oct 12, 2015 by

About two-thirds of Ohio students who took the new Common Core tests were rated by their state as “proficient” in English and math while about one-third in Illinois and one-half in Massachusetts were rated that way, according to The New York Times.

Yet all three groups of students got the same actual numerical scores on the tests from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, part of the Common Core effort. If a “common” endeavor allows such varying descriptions of the exact same results, what good is it?

No further illustration of the undesirability of the Common Core should be needed. It ought to be rebuked next month when the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decides whether to junk the familiar (and sound) MCAS tests in favor of the opaque PARCC process (about half of Massachusetts cities and towns already have adopted PARCC).

Source: Editorial: Let’s keep the MCAS | Boston Herald

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