“PARCC advocates firm in support of test despite compromise talk”

“PARCC advocates firm in support of test despite compromise talk”

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that “Despite the state education commissioner’s seeming openness to a compromise plan earlier this week, supporters of the PARCC test who gathered for a press event at the United Way of Central Massachusetts’s offices on Friday don’t plan to give up on the embattled MCAS replacement.”

Former Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville, MBAE Executive Director Linda Noonan, Quinsgamond Community College math professor Stephen Zona, and Rev. Clyde Talley, pastor at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church “maintained that the PARCC offers a more effective way to evaluate what and how students are learning in school. On the other hand, Mr. Zona questioned what staying with the MCAS would accomplish, pointing to the large number of students – all of whom passed the MCAS – who show up at his college in need of remedial math.”

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