State Compares MCAS, PARCC Exam Results

NECN – Public school students in third through eighth grades who took the PARCC exams last spring were less likely to perform well on that test than those who took the traditional MCAS exams, the state education department said Monday in releasing results from both.

Massachusetts has been giving PARCC – short for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – a trial run in some communities to help the board of education determine if it should replace MCAS as the state’s primary educational assessment tool and graduation requirement for high school students. A decision is expected in November.

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