• MCAS October 5, 2023 8:15 am

    Ballot question looms over Beacon Hill MCAS debate

    Battle lines have been drawn over what may become one of the most hotly contested issues this session — whether or not Massachusetts should maintain a high school graduation requirement tied to students passing a statewide standardized test. The discussion of whether or not to keep the MCAS exam mandate in place has already grabbed headlines this year, with a…

  • Maura Healey September 27, 2023 11:56 am

    Healey ‘looking at' MCAS as graduation requirement

    Gov. Maura Healey said Tuesday that “it’s time” to evaluate possible changes to the state’s MCAS standardized exams, but she stopped short of weighing in on the use of the tests as a high school graduation requirement. The Massachusetts Teachers Association is putting its weight behind a potential 2024 ballot question that would decouple MCAS exams from the steps a student...

  • MCAS August 3, 2023 12:11 pm

    New push to end MCAS graduation requirement

    A group of educators, parents and former students formally filed this petition with the attorney general’s office for a law to remove the requirement that a student pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, as a condition to get their high school diploma.

  • MCAS August 3, 2023 7:16 am

    New push to end MCAS graduation requirement

    Even if successful, this petition would not get rid of the English language arts, math, or science, technology, and engineering MCAS tests. Under this proposal, students would still have to take them at least twice to graduate, but wouldn’t be required to pass to get a diploma.

  • Education September 29, 2022 12:24 pm

    Latest MCAS Results Show Continued Need for Improvement, Highlight Literacy Concerns

    The latest MCAS were a mixed bag, with slight improvements in math and science but a decline in English language arts (ELA) skills, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Thursday. This is the second release of results since the pandemic shut down schools and upended routines in 2020. The scores are still lower…

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