Call on State Education Officials to Discard 10th-Grade MCAS Test
Educators and students from across the state have taken the courageous step of speaking out against a racially offensive question on the 10th-grade English Language Arts MCAS exam. The question, drawn from Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad,” puts students in the position of writing from the perspective of a deeply flawed racist character.
State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley has ordered schools to pull the question from further tests.
But that is far from enough.
- Discard the entire test and hold all students harmless.
- End the practice of barring students and educators from discussing MCAS content under fear of punishment.
- Implement a moratorium on high-stakes testing.
Call Commissioner Riley
In addition to emailing, call State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley at (781) 338-3100.