• MCAS Jan 5

    MCAS Testing Set to Return, But With These Changes

    This year’s MCAS exams will feature “significantly” reduced testing time for third through eighth graders, and no schools will be newly named underperforming in the upcoming school year, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told superintendents in a memo Tuesday. “The sudden shift to remote learning last spring, and the continuation of hybrid/remote learning this school year has...

  • Massachusetts Oct 28, 2020

    Mass. Keeps Pressure on School Districts to Have Kids in Classrooms

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his top education advisors urged schools Tuesday not to overreact to the rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, telling even those districts in communities deemed to be at the highest risk for transmission of the virus to stick with in-person learning unless there is evidence of spread within the school system. Education Secretary Jim Peyser…

  • Education Sep 30, 2020

    MCAS Testing to Resume This Spring

    Massachusetts students should expect to take their MCAS exams next spring, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday. In spring of this year, after schools were abruptly forced to transition to remote learning as COVID-19 cases mounted, state officials suspended the MCAS testing requirement for 2020. A federal decision allowing states to cancel tests if they filed waiver…

  • MCAS Aug 10, 2020

    Mass. Lawmakers Hear Bill That Would Suspend MCAS Testing

    A proposed bill is working its way through Beacon Hill in an effort to put the MCAS graduation requirement for students on hold.

  • SCHOOLS Aug 10, 2020

    Lawmakers Consider Four-Year Delay for MCAS

    A graduation requirement for high school seniors could be put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic if a bill is passed on Beacon Hill. The Joint Committee on Education will accept written testimony on a bill that would keep schools from using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, also known as “MCAS” tests, as a condition for students in order…

  • SCHOOLS Aug 10, 2020

    Testimony Today on Bill to Delay MCAS Tests

    The Joint Committee on Education will accept written testimony on a bill that would keep schools from using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, also known as “MCAS” tests, as a graduation requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Education May 27, 2020

    High School Sophomores Likely to Take MCAS Next Winter

    High school sophomores, who missed their first chance to take the English and math MCAS exams this spring, will likely be given the tests this winter, as 11th graders, under a plan to be discussed at a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting Tuesday. In a memo to board members, Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said administering the 10th grade…

  • Education May 27, 2020

    Pandemic Impacts on Education

    The state will release guidance to school districts for a potential fall reopening, to allow outdoor graduations in July and MCAS tests could be postponed until next winter.

  • MCAS Apr 11, 2020

    MCAS Requirement Waived for Mass. Students This Spring

    Students in Massachusetts won’t have to take the MCAS exams this spring, amidst school closures across the state due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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