Opposed to High Stakes Testing
By Linda Nathan
Because I believe in high scholarly academic and arts standards, I am opposed to high stakes testing. A one-snapshot approach (or repeated snapshots if one fails the test) is not a good indicator of either a student’s intelligence or skills.
MCAS Pass Rates Not Cause for Celebration
By Anne Wheelock
Just as the unemployment rate fails to account for job-seekers who've dropped out of the work force, MCAS pass rates fail to include students from the Class of 2003 who didn't survive to reach the twelfth grade.
What's Wrong With MCAS
From SCAM (Student Coalition for Alternatives to MCAS)
Everyone has to pass the test to get a "real" high school diploma-even bilingual, vocational ed, and special ed students. Everyone, that is, except private school students.
I Fear for My Grandchildren's Education
By Monty Neill
In effect, the MCAS is a politically-referenced test in which official knowledge is determined by unaccountable bureaucrats or right-wing ideologues who have shown no interest in listening to educators or parents.
Comparing MCAS and SAT
By John E. Cawthorne
It is immoral to use a flawed instrument to decide the future of our young people.
Guaranteeing MCAS Failure
By Ethan Cancell
[MCAS] scores are so low because the majority of Boston Public School (BPS) high-school students following the approved curricular sequence were not exposed to much of the material the MCAS tests.