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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A student speaks out on MCAS

Michael Bendetson [real name used by permission] is a sophomore in my Algebra II class. Today he emerged from the first of many MCAS sessions with the observation that MCAS is supposed to promote education, and yet his math class had to be canceled in order for students to take this test. A couple of hours later, after the second MCAS session of the day, Michael pointed out that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pouring a great deal of money into constructing, administering, and grading all those MCAS tests, and wouldn’t that money be better spent if we could simply give it to schools that need it?

Yes, indeed. It’s too bad that the No Child Left Behind Act requires standardized testing every year now.

See also my post of March 25.

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