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Steve Grossman on Local Issues

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor



Steve Grossman on MCAS

Alternative graduation requirements for those who fail MCAS

    Steve has proposed that we look at the model provided by the state of Indiana, which has a high-stakes test similar to MCAS but also has an alternative path to a diploma for kids who genuinely work hard and play by the rules but are unable to pass the test. Those students must have:
  1. taken the test as many times as it was offered;
  2. taken all the remediation provided by the school;
  3. attended school 95 percent of the time;
  4. maintained a “C” average in the core curriculum; and
  5. received a written recommendation from the teacher of the subject the student failed on the test, approved by the principal.
Improving education has not been taken less seriously because there is an alternative to passing the test. Indiana has raised standards and test scores but has made clear it intends to leave no child behind. Massachusetts ought to be able to do the same.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Make MCAS one of several measures of educational success

The MCAS is a tough test and sets a high bar that we should aspire for every student to get over. It provides us with data about students’ and schools’ performance that, if properly used, should help us come closer to achieving that goal. People in business appreciate the value of data in driving improvement. But Steve’s view is that education is not a bottom-line business with only one measure of success. We [need] more than one measure of success for our children.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

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