A growing number of teachers, education advocates, and parents are urging state education officials to cancel this year’s MCAS testing, arguing the prolonged closure of schools will likely create significant gaps in learning and could hurt test results.

More than 5,000 letters have been sent to state leaders amid the pandemic imploring them to halt the tests and suspend a state mandate for high school students to pass the math, English, and science exams to receive their diplomas, according to Citizens for Public Schools, an advocacy organization opposed to high-stakes testing, which organized the letter-writing campaign.


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