We had a very active debate a few weeks ago regarding the dropping of MCAS as a graduation requirement. WELL, don’t shoot the messenger BUT the Commonwealth of Mass is working on “scrapping” the MCAS testing. YES THAT’s RIGHT “scrapping” it! The state is working towards ending the current Math and English and work towards new testing in conjunction with other states.
Many people do not even realize that the current test that assesses Grades 3-8 and Grade 10 in Math and English costs the state nearly $35,000,000 to administer each year as a single entity test. Developing a new assessment test with multiple states could reduce this number. The newer tests would be starting in school year 2014-2015.
Some people are already calling this a step in the wrong direction for the state’s educational system but many educational experts are favoring looking at the multiple state testing as a step towards national educational standards.
Lee Chauvette is a Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 2nd Franklin District.