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ERIC Number: ED565727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Why Massachusetts Should Abandon the PARCC Tests and the 2011 Coleman et al English Language Arts Standards on Which the MCAS Tests Are Based. Testimony
Stotsky, Sandra
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
In this testimony, the author first describes her qualifications, as well as the lack of relevant qualifications in Common Core's standards writers and in most of the members of Common Core's Validation Committee, on which she served in 2009-2010. The author then details some of the many problems in the 2011 Massachusetts ELA standards, written by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel, James Patterson, and Susan Wheltle (so the document indicates), in the tests based on Common Core's standards (PARCC), and in the two external reports--one issued in February 2015, the other yet to be completed--comparing the PARCC tests with MCAS tests. The author offers several recommendations for parents who want civically sound and academically rigorous standards and tests written and reviewed by English teachers and who want a form of accountability that does not penalize their children's teachers for results of tests based on the Coleman et al standards or Common Core's standards. The following are appended: (1) URLs for locating all MCAS ELA test items from 1998 to 2007, plus some URLs for later items; and (2) Letter from Superintendent William Lupini to the Brookline School Committee.
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. 185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-723-2277; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Center for School Reform
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System