RI to use MCAS test for students after comprehensive study
State House – Last legislative session, Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) bill (2016-H 8308A) that authorized a comprehensive study on a unified approach to statewide education passed the General Assembly. As a result of the study, Rhode Island will now administer the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test to Rhode Island students in the third through eighth grades.
“For some time, Massachusetts has set the bar on a national level for educational excellence and their employment of the MCAS test is one of the reasons for their annual high-standing in national rankings for education. This is an exciting development for our students and schools and I am pleased at this first result from the comprehensive study on unified statewide education that we undertook last year. The MCAS test already synchs up with our current educational testing infrastructure and our students will be better served by this already established, and nationally recognized, means of educational assessment testing,” said Representative Amore.
Representative Amore’s legislation directed the Board of Education, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, and the commissioner of postsecondary education to undertake a comprehensive study of the alignment of the core curriculum used by the state’s various school districts with the goals and objectives of the state’s colleges and universities.
The main objective of the study is to determine a unified approach for education within the state that encompasses the education and development of workforce skills from kindergarten through the graduation of college or entrance into the workforce.