MCAS scores can be revealing

MCAS scores can be revealing

There are 6 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Oct 12, 2008, titled MCAS scores can be revealing. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

For local schools, it can mean everything, or nothing. It can be a confidence boost, or an incentive to work harder.

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another reader

Gansevoort, NY

#1 Oct 12, 2008
Considering that the MCAS tests learned knowlege rather than other types like experiential, the tests itself is flawed. Kis are being denied a well-rounded education as they are being "taught to the test".

Also, as many colleges have determined achievement tests to be an innacurate measure of actual knowlege and readiness for higher education, as they are not only not considered a major determinant of entrance, but aren't used at all!

That alone should tell us something. When major colleges across the country have figured out they are useless, why do we continue to make these kids, and teachers, crazy while using them?

My kids used to get much more depth in many other areas of their educations prior to these tests, now it's all test-taking exercises. They even get testing in P.E.! How does this help kids learn? It teaches them to take that ONE test! But it doesn't give them the knowlege base they'll need, OR the broad variety of information they'll need later.

Go ask any college professor, they'll tell you kids aren't schooled in anything other than 'MCAS' and are not prepared to think for themselves these days. And if your kid attends a 'specialized' high school, they'll be that much more behind the eightball as they're not used to, as the teaching style is so much different than the testing style has been designed to be.

I've seen it as an educator and a student. The only thing the MCAS tells someone is whether or not that student is good at taking written tests, NOT what they actually know!

Warwick, MA

#2 Oct 12, 2008
another reader wrote:
When major colleges across the country have figured out they are useless, why do we continue to make these kids, and teachers, crazy while using them?
"No Child Left Behind"

Brought to you courtesy of a Yale graduate unable to pronounce "nuclear."
another reader

Gansevoort, NY

#3 Oct 12, 2008
MikeH wrote:
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"No Child Left Behind"
Brought to you courtesy of a Yale graduate unable to pronounce "nuclear."
Adsolutely! But NCLB wasn't designed to be used in the manner it was finally put into practice. My child is a special needs student who shouln't be held to the same standards as "typical' stuents. He doesn't learn the same way! Yet, MCAS rules state that unless you have less than a 1st grade reading level, you get NO help! So all you parents with kids who need help..good luck to them in taking this test.
The schools are wholly under funded, leaving districts to o more-with less. Then we complain that Japan has higher standards in education. Well, that may be correct, but they also determine early just who plans on going to college, or can handle the competition. They understand that not everyone is college material.

Our country decides that in order to graduate at all - you need to be able to qualify for college. Then the kids disgusted with not passing the MCAS eventually quit and get GED's and go on to get good jobs anyway.

NCLB needs to be revamped to stop mandatory mainstreaming, as it should be done on a case by case basis. Then we can go on to teach kids, not "subjects", but KIDS!

Until we understand multiple learning styles and multiple intelligences, we won't make any progress and be left with standards we cannot meet with the money and system in place right now.

United States

#4 Oct 12, 2008
It's obvious that not all kids have the same learning ability,but how do we determine which students belong where?Do we give them TESTS?And if we do,who determines what kind of TESTS?It seems to me,that we are back to the same problem?
pat the painter

Monterey, MA

#5 Oct 12, 2008
The Department of Education in MA has to go, these clowns are making life miserable for teachers, parents and mostly students. When a test is more important than learning things are not right.
so sad

Springfield, MA

#6 Oct 13, 2008
lots of stuff wrong with american school system...for dicipline...they need a strict dress code but better yet uniforms.....pass a law that says if you are disruptive in class you get to go to a school for trouble makers...away from those who want to learn..

In other words....separate those who are there for an education from those who do not give a damn..then put the rest of them in a regular school and let them get what we today call an education

because people....THIS DOES NOT WORK!!!

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