R.I. adopting Mass. test to measure student performance, ditching PARCC

Apr 15, 2017 by

Educators are applauding the switch to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), which would replace the controversial and unpopular Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness exam, or PARCC.

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island is abandoning a controversial standardized test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career for the exam that Massachusetts has successfully used for nearly 20 years.

Rep. Gregg Amore, D-East Providence, chairman of the House Finance Committee’s education subcommittee, confirmed Thursday that the Rhode Island Department of Education has decided to adopt the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), which the Bay State administers to measure student achievement.

Rhode Island students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Massachusetts test, a hybrid model that incorporates questions from the PARCC.

In high school, 10th graders will take the popular SAT or PSAT. Many states have adopted the college entrance exams in high school because they are well-respected by students, parents and teachers and because they are widely used as part of the college admissions process.

“For some time,” Amore said, “Massachusetts has set the bar for educational excellence. Their employment of the MCAS test is one of the reasons for their annual high standing in national rankings for education.”

 

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