Mass. should stay its academic course

Dec 5, 2013 by

Massachusetts has been the model for public-education excellence for quite a while, thanks in most part to the academic rigors implemented in the landmark Education Reform Act, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The academic improvement, measured in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test results, validated the faith that then Republican Gov. William Weld — who signed the legislation — and Tom Birmingham, a former Democrat state senator and one of the law’s principal authors — showed in convincing the Legislature and education establishment of the need for this course.

Along with continually higher SAT scores over the first 13 years of its passage, according to the National Assessment for Educational Progress, the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in core subjects, Massachusetts students continually lead the nation in overall achievement in nearly every grade level.

The latest feather in the state’s academic cap came this week, with the release of the Program for International Student Assessment, a global competition for 15-year-olds that tests students in reading, science and math.

via Mass. should stay its academic course – Lowell Sun Online.

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