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Monday, July 7, 2014

Port to stay with MCAS

District will delay switch to PARCC until it's mandated
NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport School Committee voted unanimously last week to keep administering the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test and delay implementing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) pilot test.
“I think we would still probably be in the pipeline for the PARCC,” said Mayor Donna Holaday, who chairs the School Committee. “But at this point, we are not doing it. We are going to stay with the MCAS.
“Once the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education makes the determination that, yes, we are going with the PARCC, then it is a mandate and everyone has to step up and be a part of the process.”
A public conversation about the PARCC test was attended by roughly 20 people before the School Committee’s July 1 meeting, where the committee voted 6-0 to delay the computer-based PARCC.
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