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In key ways, PARCC would be step up from MCAS

I take issue with the article “New test unable to outdo MCAS” (Metro, Oct. 15): According to the Mathematica Policy Research study, which compares the PARCC and MCAS exams as measures of students’ college readiness, the better you perform on either of the exams, the better grades you are likely to receive in college.

However, PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is significantly better at predicting students who will receive grades of B or higher in college math courses. Students who pass the PARCC are also less likely to need remedial math courses later. As a high school math teacher, I believe that these points are reason enough to adopt PARCC.

I agree with the former state education secretary, Paul Reville, that selecting the right assessment is “more important than anything else we do in signaling to teachers the kind of instruction that we want to see in classrooms.” I teach problem-solving and critical-thinking skills every day. I want to ensure that my students have accurate measures of the skills that matter.

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Having taught and prepared 10th-graders for MCAS for more than a decade, I believe that PARCC is a more accurate measure of the necessary skills students need to be ready for college and beyond.

Wing Leung
Dorchester