(Via Casey.) Back in the campaign, Kerry Healey warned that Patrick would back off of MCAS as a graduation requirement. Patrick said no, he supported it as a requirement, but he supported “teaching the whole child.” I took this to mean “MCAS and“, not “maybe MCAS”.
The Legislature hereby finds that the requirement established by the Board of Education that students may not graduate from high school without a certain minimum score on the MCAS Language Arts and Math standardized tests, even if students have met the competency requirements through other methods of assessment, including coursework, violates the intent and spirit of the Education Reform Act (ERA) of 1993.
That sounds like an end-run around the MCAS if there ever was one. This language sounds like a direct contradiction of what Patrick said in the campaign. Tell me why I’m wrong.
I don’t know much about this, but I’m under the impression that the MCAS test represents the bare minimum of what one ought to ba able to do in order to graduate from high school. And so I’m inclined to support it the way it is. Saying we’re “over-reliant” on the MCAS does not equate to “remove the requirement”.