PARCC Assessment and College Readiness

  PARCC Assessment slides 
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The Understanding Boston forum “PARCC Assessment and College Readiness” was held at the Boston Foundation on October 8, 2015.


The forum explored the PARCC test in particular, and standards and assessments in general, with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Robert V. Antonucci, President-Emeritus, Fitchburg State University; Dr. Paul Dakin, Superintendent Emeritus, Revere Public Schools; Dr. Richard Freeland, former Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; Lindsay Sobel, Executive Director, Teach Plus Massachusetts; and William H. Swanson, retired Chairman and CEO, Raytheon & Chairman, MACP.

Since 1993, Massachusetts’ standards and assessments have been widely viewed as the strongest in the nation. Students in the Commonwealth have outperformed their peers consistently on common measures of achievement. But while there is much to be proud of, too many students graduate high school unprepared for college or career.

In November, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider replacing the MCAS assessments with PARCC, which has been piloted already in approximately half of public school districts, in Massachusetts, including Boston.

Read the press release.