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School Committee Member Speaks Out About Student Test Data

Peabody School Committee member Dave McGeney is concerned that officials don’t know who will have access to data from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

Dave McGeney. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Dave McGeney. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Peabody School Committee member Dave McGeney, who has been an outspoken opponent of the Common Core standards and the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, is concerned that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education hasn’t answered the question – Which vendors will have access to PARCC data?

The Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Association of School Committee asked that question in May and the state said it doesn’t have that information. 

This doesn't sit well with many School Committee leaders across the state, including McGeney.

“Parents have a right to know who has access to their child's information,” McGeney told Patch. “It is unconscionable that the DESE is not immediately forthcoming with this information.”

McGeney said people must demand more transparency.

“It's more evidence of the enormous disconnect between parents and the Ivory Tower of the education executives at the state and federal level. It's time to push back and demand more transparency."

Here is previous coverage or PARCC and the Common Core standards:

April 14: School Committee Voices Concern About Conflict of Interest

March 16: Will You Allow Your Children to Take the New Standarized Test? 

March 12: Should Schools Get Rid of the MCAS?

March 10: Learn More About Common Core on Tuesday

Feb. 27: Common Core ‘Completely Botched,’ Union Leader Says 

Feb. 11: Seven Peabody Schools Will Take Possible MCAS Replacement Test

Saber Walsh June 10, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Wow -- proud to see some of our elected leaders representing us and doing what's right for our children. FINALLY!!!!
parent June 10, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Must have an ulterior motive.

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