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Massachusetts

PARCC Is a Good Fit for Students, Says Panel

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on whether to move forward with using the PARCC assessment instead of the state's standardized test, MCAS. A panel of several education experts recently agreed that PARCC would better serve student needs.
“What these assessments are doing is giving you a real honest assessment of how students are doing to be ready for that real high-stakes [adult] world,” she said. “Teachers I work with believe passionately in having that information and holding adults accountable to ensuring students get into that unforgiving, high-tech, high-stakes economy. ... It’s backwards to blame the test for diagnosing something that is real.”

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