CPS Statement on MA Legislature’s Vote to Cancel MCAS

CPS welcomes the votes by the Massachusetts Senate and House to cancel MCAS this year. Now we urge Governor Baker to sign this legislation so our educators, students and families can focus on the many challenges and priorities they face during the COVID-19 crisis. There is so much work still to do to address our state’s stark inequities in families’ access to food and housing, mental and physical health care and income for the many who are newly unemployed.

We know that legislators and Commissioner Riley heard from hundreds of public education advocates who wrote and called to urge Massachusetts to join with so many other states that have already made a similar decision. We are grateful that so many people took the time to speak out under these challenging circumstances. We hope Governor Baker acts quickly to waive the MCAS test requirement this year for the sake of our students.