State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester submitted the Massachusetts state plan in response to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Read the Massachusetts executive summary. And see what the Mass Teacher Association had to say in a good analysis.
On another note:
Courtesy of FairTest, here are new and updated tools that parents, teachers, students and their allies can use to battle the overuse and misuse of standardized tests:
- Just Say No to Standardized Tests: Why and How to Opt Out
- Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School
- Federal Law and Regulations on Opting Out under ESSA (includes info on requirement to test 95% of students)
- Personalized Learning or Continuous Online Testing?
- Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests
Graduation Test Update: States that Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams (only 13 states have them, down from 27)
- And don’t forget FairTest’s directory of the 925+ colleges that have SAT-ACT optional admissions policies.
FairTest’s new fact sheet on testing students with disabilities is available online, and they have many other fact sheets available.