The most recent MCAS scores should bring cheer to both educators and parents. The percentage of students found to be proficient has risen in English, math and science. Also heartening is the fact that the achievement gap appears to be shrinking — and that minority students’ test scores are rising as they progress through school. In some corners, MCAS is reviled as a one-size-fits-all benchmark that requires rote memorization and discourages creativity. But in an ideal world, an assessment test is just that: a way to measure challenges as well as progress.
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