Opponents of PARCC testing say it will lower standards in Massachusetts

Sep 17, 2015 by

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Opponents of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam and the national standards it’s tied to are questioning the initiative’s legality, funding sources and cost, and say its adoption would set Massachusetts students back tremendously.

At a meeting with The Patriot Ledger editorial board Tuesday, Jamie Gass, director of the Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform, and former Massachusetts Senate President Thomas Birmingham argued that Massachusetts should opt out of PARCC – and Common Core, for that matter – and stick with its own student assessment test and curriculum framework.

An architect of the sweeping Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, Birmingham is working with the Pioneer Institute to lobby against PARCC ahead of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s November vote on whether to adopt it as the state’s standardized testing program.

The state reform’s success is “incontrovertible,” Birmingham said, with Massachusetts students scoring on top in reading, math and science, both nationally and internationally.

Source: Opponents of PARCC testing say it will lower standards in Massachusetts – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA – Quincy, MA

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