Parents, school and town officials must realize that next year's MCAS reports will not accurately reflect student achievement at the Clinton Middle School.
I cannot in all honesty put our children through two sets of state exams, realizing that in some cases the battery of MCAS tests are being offered the week before or the week after the new PARCC pilot tests.
The white, affluent communities' opposition to the MCAS has been as unexpected as the poor schools' acceptance of it.
The MCAS has hit a nerve, in part, because its content is radically egalitarian.
Deeply offended at being lumped in with poor schools in taking the test--and secretly frightened that the test may expose some deficiencies in their schools and their students--affluent communities have mounted a concerted challenge to the MCAS.
Whereas the battle over standardized testing in other states has been conducted primarily at a grassroots level, led by concerned parents and teachers, the battle over the MCAS has attracted some of the biggest names in education reform today.
Never mind the fact that this tiny suburban district--with just under 1,200 students in its high school and one of the highest per-capita incomes in the state--was the 10th-highest scoring district after the 1999 MCAS scores were tallied.
Most of our kids will pass the damned MCAS test, so no one can accuse us of not wanting to take the test because our teachers can't do their job.
The Fitchburg Alternative High School also had an MCAS pass rate of 91 percent in its graduating class.
Seniors who didn't pass MCAS can come back for MCAS prep courses, and most of those that return have the perseverance it takes to pass a retest, he said.
In Worcester, the high school whose graduating class had the lowest MCAS pass rate was Burncoat High School with 91 percent, but that was up from 87 percent the year before.