Pioneer Institute has been a staunch advocate for district and school accountability, high-quality academic content, and content-based student and teacher assessments that align with the state’s nation-leading academic standards.
Nationally, Pioneer has led the campaign against federal control of K-12 education policy through the Common Core initiative. Pioneer has published a series of research papers showing that the state’s adoption of national standards weakens the quality of academic content in Massachusetts’ classrooms, and raising serious questions about the legality and the costs of Common Core.
MCAS Test Items
Below are the test items developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for use in the tests given to all Massachusetts public school students as part of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). They were used in MCAS tests at all grade levels and for all subjects tested, from 1998 on.
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