(Boston) November 17, 2015 – MBAE is pleased the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has acknowledged that MCAS has outlived its usefulness, but disappointed that the vote postpones the implementation of one, high quality assessment statewide for another year.
We are encouraged that Board Chairman Paul Sagan clearly stated that in developing a new test the Board does not intend to duplicate five years of investment by the state and hundreds of Massachusetts educators who developed a high quality assessment in PARCC. We continue to believe the evidence showed PARCC was a superior assessment.
MBAE is concerned, however, that we don’t know what we’re buying, or what it will cost. Although Chairman Sagan pledged not to follow the experience of other states, the fact is that those developing a test like PARCC spent as much as $50 million or more.
MBAE will be vigilant in monitoring developments over the coming years to ensure Massachusetts has an assessment that gives honest measures of what students really need to know and be able to do to be successful in the Commonwealth’s knowledge-based economy and society.