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Brian Questions Comm. Mitchell Chester About Teaching To The Test [Video]

Brian The Cab Driver has an exclusive interview with Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. The commish outlines the future of standardized testing, why the new state assessment, MCAS 2...

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More Demonstrations Against The Tests-Brian’s Beat [Poll]

Brian's Beat interviews New Bedford parent Jennifer Duarte who recently orchestrated two successful, peaceful demonstrations against Massachusetts high-stakes tests...

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Kasey Silvia/TSM

Protesters Demand End To PARCC, Common Core [Video]

A group of parents and educators descended on the New Bedford Public Schools Administration Building at 455 County St. Monday morning in protest of continued high stakes testing.

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Parcc Demonstration Outside New Bedford School Department Building-Brian’s Beat [Video]

It was a site to behold. Parents and former teachers taking to the streets, standing with placards outside the New Bedford School Department building...

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School Committee Members Discuss Opt-Out Letter Vote

During their last meeting the New Bedford School Committee voted to not send information to parents regarding the ability to opt-out of PARCC and MCAS testing.

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Would You Consider Striking on PAARC Testing Day?

According to a Standard Times, the schools Superintendent believes New Bedford parents, teachers and students "need to embrace" Parcc testing or feel the pain courtesy of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...

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Jon Faria/TSM

School Committee Votes To Not Send Test Opt-Out Information To Parents

While New Bedford students won't be forced to take MCAS or PARCC tests, they also won't be told they can opt out.

At Monday's meeting, the New Bedford School Committee voted to not send parents information about their right to refuse standardized testing for their child...

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Jon Faria/TSM

High School Diploma vs Certificate of Completion

In the thirteen plus years since MCAS became the necessary evil to receive the vaulted Massachusetts high school diploma, assessment brainwashing has permeated government system workers, parents and children...

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Opt Out New Bedford-Brian’s Beat Commentary [Video]

Two New Bedford School Committee members are working on a resolution to allow students along with their families the right to opt out of high stakes tests, like MCAS and PARCC...

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If Amherst-Pelham Can Opt-Out, New Bedford Should Be Able to Refuse

A quaint gathering at the downtown New Bedford library, A UMass-Dartmouth Education Professor delivering much more than promised. Dr. Ricardo Rosa bringing to light a release, last week, by the Amherst-Pelham School District...

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