More Massachusetts districts select PARCC over MCAS for next year

Thursday, July 3, 2014

About three-quarters of the school committees across the state have decided if their students will continue to take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems exam next year or will switch to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers.

Of the districts which have decided, 57 percent will take the PARCC and 41 percent selected the MCAS, according to Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

This spring the state began trials of the PARCC, a national exam designed to test the Common Core Standards which the state adopted three years ago. The test was given to about 80,000 students in grades three through 10, mainly in small samplings at different grade levels and in different schools across the state.

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