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MASC Statement Regarding MCAS Test Question

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees joins its colleagues in advocacy in noting the inappropriateness of a portion of the MCAS test that was blatantly insensitive to many students as well as to their. MASC recognizes the cultural insensitivity of this and many other elements of standardized tests that undermine cultural sensitivity and joins those in the education community calling for more careful scrutiny of test components as well as the overall use of test data to label students.

However, we commend Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley for acting quickly and decisively to remove the question going forward and to ensure that no student will be penalized if the question had already been responded to. “This was an unprecedented flaw in the testing process, but an equally unprecedented immediate correction and redaction by the Commissioner,” said Devin Sheehan of the Holyoke School Committee and President of MASC. “We hope this ushers in an era of collaboration on the appropriate use of testing and test data going forward.”