Somerville parents opt children out of high-stakes MCAS testing

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal. 

A group of Somerville parents is doing something a bit unprecedented: opting their children out of taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), the statewide standards-based assessment program for students from grades 3 to 10.

Jennifer Bullard, Nancy Clougherty, Brian Duplisea, Gina Garro, Jamal Halawa, and Renee and David Scott will not have their fourth and sixth grade children at the East Somerville Community School participate in this year’s round of MCAS, starting the week of April 24.

Because of drastic changes in MCAS testing, installed in 1993, parents argue the amount of stress and anxiety placed on students is concerning.

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