February 14 2014

Burlington Schools to Participate in PARCC Testing

By: BNEWS Weekly

Burlington’s six schools -- Fox Hill, Memorial, Pine Glen, Francis Wyman, Marshall Simonds Middle, and the Burlington High School -- will take part in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers) tests as a test group this spring.  State education officials are seeing if they want to replace the MCAS with the new PARCC.

 

Massachusetts is one of 18 states working to develop the new exam.  More than 1.35 million students from 14 states will take PARCC field tests in English language arts or mathematics this spring.  Some Massachusetts schools will take an online version of the test while others will take a paper version.  Education officials will have a two-year “try out” to determine whether the PARCC can better serve the Commonwealth's goal of ensuring that all students have the academic preparation necessary to successfully pursue higher education and careers than does the MCAS.  Though Massachusetts students led the nation in academic performance in recent years, Burlington has had typical to below average MCAS scores.

 
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