There were so many of us — parents, students, teachers, school committee members, higher educators, former members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — that they had to move the hearing on testing reform bills to a larger space. And we filled that one too!
It was a full day (seven hours!) of powerful testimony for a moratorium on high-stakes testing. Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts and CPS member Barbara Fields was quoted in the Globe saying “The overuse and misuse of high-stakes testing has resulted in the denial of diplomas [to] economically disadvantaged children who desperately need a high school diploma to access a pathway out of poverty.”
CPS member Lou Kruger had the committee members on the edge of their seats. The Globe reported that “Louis J. Kruger, a professor of educational psychology at Northeastern University, said an MCAS score is not enough by itself to accurately assess student performance. → Read More