Decision: PARCC or MCAS for 2015?


Dear Friends,

By the end of June, the School Committee will need to decide whether the HWRSD will continue to administer the MCAS test or switch to the PARCC test for students next year.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has assembled informational materials regarding this decision here.

The PARCC test is a “next generation” assessment that measures students’ understandings through performance-based questions.  The test is also primarily designed to be taken on a computer, tablet or other electronic device; though a pencil and paper option will exist for the near future.  The PARCC website contains a wealth of information about the test, including online practice tests

Here are some other relevant facts regarding the PARCC implementation:

  • The State Board of Education will ultimately decide in fall of 2015 whether or not to replace the MCAS with the PARCC.  The PARCC would then be implemented in the spring…

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