State education board holding hearings on MCAS, PARCC tests


BOSTON (AP) — The state board of education is launching a series of public forums this week about which of two statewide student assessment tests Massachusetts should adopt.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from members of the public about whether the state should stick with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam rather than adopt the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test.

The first public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Fitchburg State University.

The board is expected to make a decision this fall as to whether PARCC should replace MCAS tests in English language arts and mathematics.

The board will also be reviewing the results of last year’s field tests and this year’s operational tests before making a final decision.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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