MCAS And PARCC: The future of testing in Massachusetts
WBUR - 10/27/2015
The future of school testing has long been a subject of passionate debate. It’s back in the news here in Massachusetts because of plans to ditch the MCAS, which students have been taking since 1998, in favor of the PARCC test.
PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It’s a computer-based test linked to the new Common Core standards in math and English. The shift has reignited the debate between those who demand accountability and evidence that ALL children are learning, and the critics, who say “teaching to the test” comes at the expense of real education.
Over the weekend, President Obama made reference to this when he recommended that schools spend no more than 2 percent of class time on testing.