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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,…

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 12, 2021

Science Is Finally Beating Covid. Now Let’s Give It a Chance to Help Kids Read.

Before the pandemic, approximately one million children, year in and year out, ended fourth grade at best barely able to read. It’s anyone’s guess what that number looks…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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