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Ballot effort aims to end MCAS graduation requirement
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Ballot effort aims to end MCAS graduation requirement
Flexing its political muscle, the Massachusetts Teachers Association turned in 135,000 signatures, far more than expected, to the Secretary of State’s office in support of a ballot question that intends to remove the controversial high school graduation requirement tied to MCAS testing.
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Opinion
MCAS scores tell a story: are we listening?
The latest MCAS scores are out, and the results are definitely alarming. Scores are significantly below pre-pandemic levels. At current trends, it would take at least eight years for Massachusetts students to catch up.
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Local News
Rent control, MCAS and more on 2024 ballot
Proposed laws lifting the statewide ban on rent control, decriminalizing psychedelics, decoupling the MCAS exam from high school graduation and imposing voter-identification requirements have moved a step closer to being included on the 2024 ballot.
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Opinion
It’s time to scrap MCAS as a high school exit exam
As a longtime teacher who has taught in both Boston and the suburbs, I have seen from all sides that MCAS has not equitably served the students of the Commonwealth and actually harms the vulnerable students the test purports to serve.
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News
Teachers union pushes against MCAS as school exit exam
The Massachusetts Teachers Association is continuing its push for legislation that would remove MCAS exams as a graduation requirement, end state receiverships of underperforming school districts and implement performance-based assessments.
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Opinion
Separate has never been equal. Let’s not try it again
A recent paper from MIT Blueprint Labs relies on MCAS results in arguing for what would be a historic policy change: a full return to neighborhood schools.
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Why is there a BPS intervention  in three high schools?
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Why is there a BPS intervention in three high schools?
In January, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced interventions in three high schools where lower-than-average standardized test scores and graduation rates could trigger state takeovers of the schools.
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