Massachusetts’ Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to develop its own standardized test by the spring of 2017, instead of adopting a federally funded Common Core Standards Initiative test. But critics say the state board didn’t go far enough.
Reporting on today’s 8-3 vote in favor of creating its own test, member station WBUR quotes Secretary of Education James A. Peyser saying, “today’s vote gives our students, families and educators a better measure of student achievement while maintaining state control over our assessment system.”
From Boston, NPR’s Arun Rath reports:
“The state has been piloting a test derived from Common Core standards for two years; it’s called the Partnership for Assessing College Career Readiness, or the PARCC test. It would have replaced the state’s own test, which has been in use for the last 18 years.
“Instead, the state will begin developing its own assessment, which will incorporate elements of both PARCC and the old Massachusetts test.
“Of the 26 states that adopted the PARCC test, Massachusetts is now the 20th state to drop it.”
The state board voted to adapt its current exam, called the MCAS, on the day before the submission deadline for a petition by a group called End Common Core Massachusetts.