Michael Jonas reports on MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s official recommendation to the Board of ESE that Massachusetts adopt a new student assessment that would be a hybrid of MCAS and PARCC.
What remains unclear is how much of either assessment will influence the final product.
“Chester suggested last month that a new state test should draw heavily from PARCC, and he again seemed to be pushing in that direction today. Asked in a conference call with reporters how much he expected a new assessment to make use of PARCC test items, Chester said, ‘It’s hard for me to predict.’ But it’s likely to be a ‘high proportion,’ he said. ‘For all I know, it could be 95 percent PARCC, it could be 80 percent PARCC, maybe 75 percent.'”