As we reach the half way point of our MCAS testing (still have math and some science in May), it is important for all of us (me included) to put MCAS in perspective. I think most would agree that the following attributes are things we want for all our students.
creativity, critical thinking, resilience, motivation, persistence, curiosity, endurance, reliability, enthusiasm, empathy, self-awareness, self-discipline, leadership, civic-mindedness, courage, compassion, resourcefulness, sense of beauty, sense of wonder, honesty, integrity
But. . .none of these are tested on the MCAS. Don’t get me wrong- I think there is a place for a state test in education. But lets not lose sight of what the MCAS doesn’t test.