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Massachusetts Senate President Not Ready To Ditch MCAS As Graduation Requirement

April 23, 2024

Massachusetts should have a standardized test graduation requirement, according to Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).

While Spilka said the graduation requirement doesn’t have to be passing the MCAS, as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is known, she doesn’t want to see it repealed unless the state can replace it with something better.

“I cannot support totally getting rid of MCAS as a requirement without some reasonable alternative,” Spilka said during a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event Monday, April 22, according to Politico.

Spilka’s comment comes as there will most likely be a question on the November 2024 ballot that would eliminate the MCAS as a high school graduation requirement in Massachusetts, if passed — and if the state legislature doesn’t then act to reinstate MCAS.


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