On the campaign trail in the 2nd Franklin District, as a Democratic candidate for State Rep, I have met many voters who have asked me about the MCAS Program and what I feel about the process being looked at and revamped. I am a strong supporter of ending MCAS as a “graduation requirement”. After completing nine years of elected duty this weekend on a regional district school committee, I have seen the stress this program places on students.
After completing the local requirements for graduation, a student deserve their diploma. One test should not supercede the local requirements set by each school system. We no longer teach the core values that should be taught in classrooms. In Massachusetts we teach how to take a test. That must end. I have no problems with testing that gauges the student’s levels of ability and tests the delivery of an education within a system.
Besides with the fiscal constraints coming up for FY11 and FY12 it will become harder and harder to offer programming in schools centered around compliance to the mandates associated with the MCAS program.