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Progress on MCAS

The performance of Pittsfield's public schools on the spring MCAS tests, with 11 of 12 reaching academic targets, on average, is hugely encouraging as the school system seeks to keep improving. Urban schools are at a disadvantage to suburban and rural counterparts on MCAS because they have more students in the subgroups, such as students with disabilities, that will bring down standardized test scores. This is one of many reasons the state should not have thrown all of its eggs in the MCAS basket, but it has, and Pittsfield's educators are clearly making a determined effort to reach a high bar.



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