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. “Teachers I work with believe passionately in having that information and holding adults accountable to ensuring students get into that unforgiving, high-tech, high-stakes economy. … It’s backwards to blame the test for diagnosing something that is real.”