State lawmakers continue standardized test talks

The state Board of Education has just weeks to decide

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Half a dozen state lawmakers want to put a stop to high-stakes testing.

This comes as Massachusetts education officials prepare to decide whether to replace the statewide MCAS exam with the national PARCC exam. State lawmakers have been gathering input from students, parents and teachers for months now.

Two western Massachusetts lawmakers believe standardized testing isn’t benefitting students, especially those in the Holyoke School District, which just went into state receivership.

Lawmakers from both the House and Senate want to put a three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing to figure out better ways to judge whether students are prepared for college.

State Rep. Ben Swan, (D) Springfield, told 22News, “It has not worked; it is not working and so we shouldn’t necessarily be coming up with another one to do the same thing the others have been doing.”

The state Board of Education has just weeks to decide whether to switch from MCAS to PARCC.

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