I write in support of H. 340, An Act relative to a moratorium on high stakes testing and PARCC.
The pendulum has swung too far for too long in one direction. We are over-testing our students and we must change our course to put the focus back on learning rather than testing. This bill is an important step in that direction.
This legislation would place a three-year moratorium on the implementation of PARCC and also removes the “high stakes” nature of MCAS, for three years, by eliminating the 10th grade graduation requirement; the use of MCAS scores in evaluating teachers; and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s use of MCAS scores for assessing schools and/or school districts.
During the three-year moratorium, a task force of community stakeholders, parents, educators, union leaders, appropriate administration designees and legislators can meet and re-examine the high stakes use of MCAS in light of the paramount goals of the Education Reform Act.
Thank you for your consideration of H.340. I urge a favorable report.
Josh S. Cutler