MCAS

Posted July 5, 2018

Molly Cole on Opening Brooke East Boston Charter School and Becoming One of the Top Schools in the State

Molly Cole, founding principal of Brooke East Boston Charter School, was honored this school year with the Ryan Award for exceptional school leadership, a national…

By Ikhlas Saleem

Read Post

Posted Apr. 27, 2016

No, Those Tests Won’t Hurt You, But They Should Be Fewer and Fairer

Recently, I wrote about the value of the information parents receive when their kids take common—or standardized—assessments. But I know that leaves some parents wondering whether…

By Karin Chenoweth

Read Post

Posted Feb. 16, 2016

Now It’s Clear That Massachusetts Should Have Simply Kept PARCC

Hindsight is always 20/20, but Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang doesn’t need any since he and many others were right about PARCC all along. Chang was…

By Erika Sanzi

Read Post

Posted Nov. 23, 2015

Get It Straight: Massachusetts Isn’t Scrapping PARCC

As predicted, Massachusetts’ recent decision to create its own hybrid exam to measure student progress has proven to be a way for all sides to…

By Erika Sanzi

Read Post

Posted Nov. 4, 2015

PARCC Over Politics? My Hope for Massachusetts

It makes sense that Massachusetts sits at the top of the K-12 education rankings consistently. While so many states struggle with mediocre standards, poor student performance…

By Erika Sanzi

Read Post

Posted Oct. 16, 2015

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.…

By Valentina Korkes

Read Post

Posted Sep. 24, 2015

10th graders in Boston Across All SubGroups Show ELA Gains on MCAS and the Achievement Gap Narrows Too

With greater emphasis on developing more rigorous coursework and building critical-thinking skills, Boston is celebrating 10th grade ELA gains; perhaps most exciting about the results is the narrowing of the achievement gap, as proficiency scores show African American and Latino students achieving their highest gains in years.   The ELA proficiency rates for all 10th-grade BPS students climbed by 6 points from last year to 82 percent,…

By Education Post

Read Post

OUR NETWORK

Featured Posts

Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

Read Post

Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

Read Post

Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

Read Post

Accountability

How does the federal government support our public schools? Find out the ABC’s of ESEA, ESSA and No Child Left Behind →

Browse by Date

Keep Up With
Education Post

Sign up for weekly emails featuring our top blog posts:

Want more? Get our morning update and join us in #Voices4Ed.

What We’re
Tweeting