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ERIC Number: ED565746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Pioneer Institute Statement on MBAE PARCC/MCAS Study
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) continues its advocacy for Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a federally funded testing consortium, with the release of a study concluding that Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) performance is not an indicator of preparedness for higher education success. This report maintains the MBAE report conveniently and selectively excludes several facts which are detailed in this statement. Pioneer believes that the MCAS serves Massachusetts well, even as it clearly can be improved. For the fourth and eighth grades, the MCAS aligns very well with the Nation's Report Card (NAEP); its results therefore have been confirmed by a widely used national reference, in addition to the stellar results of Massachusetts students on the TIMSS and PISA tests. It is worth noting that the MCAS is almost unique in providing such a level of comparison with other major tests. The Institute is, however, concerned by the 10th grade MCAS results, which do not align with NAEP results. It is worth exploring whether the high school graduation requirement has been watered down, given the chart provided in this report. The study continues a deeply troubling pattern of conflicts of interest marking the commonwealth's consideration of Common Core and PARCC. It is worth noting that recommendations of the report fly in the face of actions taken in states around the country. When PARCC was still in the design phase, and was the beneficiary of federal incentives for adoption, it boasted 24 participating states. As states have become more familiar with the product, only 12 states are left participating in PARCC.
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. 185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-723-2277; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study