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Hill, Jacqueline; MacMillan, Bob – Online Submission, 2004
Low-test scores in literacy and mathematics have resulted in increased accountability for educators, as evidenced by statewide "high stakes: testing. The push by federal and state mandates, such as the "No Child Left Behind" Act and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) have increased the amount of teaching and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership
Wolter-Gustafson, Melissa – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2004
The author of this article describes why, while as a student in the Northeastern University teacher preparation program, she chose not to become a teacher in the public schools. She felt that her philosophy of education, stemming from the concept of the person-centered classroom as espoused by Carl Rogers and Jerome Freiberg in "Freedom to…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Independent Study
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Luna, Catherine; Turner, Cara Livingstone – English Journal, 2001
Asks some local experts (Massachusetts English teachers) to talk about the impact of the new Massachusetts high-stakes test, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), and about how they are dealing with this in their classrooms and schools. Concludes that English educators must work to understand and address the issues these tests…
Descriptors: English Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Secondary Education, Standardized Tests
Russell, Michael; Plati, Tom – 2000
The studies reported here focus on the effects of mode of administration of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in grades 4, 8, and 10. These studies, which draw on earlier studies, also examine the mode of administration effect at different levels of keyboarding speed and for students who received special education (SPED)…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Essay Tests, Keyboarding (Data Entry)
Wheelock, Anne – 2002
This paper makes the case that the high-stakes testing and accountability program currently in place in Massachusetts misuses scores from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to select particular schools as exemplary. School awards and recognition programs in Massachusetts imply that score gains are equivalent to school…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests