A Boston parent’s opt out of MCAS letter

Dear ___,

I have decided that my daughter, ___, will not be taking the MCAS this year. I have signed her up for remote learning, since hybrid is no longer an option; I will not send her back to the classroom just to take a pointless test.

On a personal level, I think the MCAS should be abolished – it is a waste of teacher and student time, a waste of resources, and a waste of money. Our teachers are brilliant and inventive and should not have to teach to a test, the results of which show only how proficient the student is at taking that test.

The MCAS has never been shown to measure actual student aptitude or knowledge. It just measures how well they take the MCAS.

However, our main reason for opting out this year is safety. I wish the state cared as much about our students and educators as it does about test scores. Thank you for all you do for our students. I am grateful to you all every day.

Jean Powers