When deliberating on this issue, I took into account the fact that if we move to PARCC this year, we will be asking our students to take three different assessments over the next three assessment cycles. Another reason for my decision is that the decision made by the Board of Education comes at a very late date and I do not think that we have enough time to adequately prepare teachers and students for the move to this new assessment. Finally, we have been told that there will be MCAS questions on the assessment this spring that are more PARCC-like. If Commissioner Chester and the Board of Education believed that PARCC was the best assessment tool for our students, they would have made the directive that all schools would move to PARCC this year. Since both the Commissioner and the BOE support the move to a new assessment in 2017, I feel that having our students take an assessment that is not supported by DESE and the BOE does not make sense.
I look forward to learning more about the next assessment, MCAS 2.0, and will share any information I have with our community.