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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
MCAS and PARCC Participation Requirements
To:Superintendents and School Leaders
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
Date:October 15, 2014
Every year, there are a small number of parents across the state who do not want their children to participate in our annual statewide student assessments. Some of you have reported already receiving such requests in advance of next spring's testing. This memorandum provides some information on this issue that you might find useful in responding to these requests.
State law (G.L. c.69, s.1I) requires that all students who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in a statewide student assessment program under the direction of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education ("Board"). This requirement was first enacted as part of the landmark 1993 Massachusetts education reform law. The statute does not contain an "opt-out" provision for parents to remove their children from participating. In short, participation in the statewide student assessment program is mandatory.
For the spring 2015 test administration, the Board has given districts the option to administer one of two tests: MCAS or PARCC. Both tests will be used to report student-level results and to evaluate school and district performance. Students are obligated to participate, whether the district has chosen MCAS or PARCC.
I ask you and your staff to help inform parents of the reasons why student participation in these tests is essential.
I know many of you have concerns that there is too much testing in our schools today. I share those concerns. We are gathering data on what tests are being given and how the results are being used, to help guide future policy decisions.
Three water dispensers have replaced the three water bubblers that were shut off due to water testing at Merrymount School. Custodian, Andy Goss quickly set them up next to the water bubblers that were a concern. Thank you to Superintendent DeCristofaro, Kevin Segalla, and the public Buildings Department for their quick response.
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