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.

BESE must:

  1. Discard the entire test and hold all students harmless.
  2. End the practice of barring students and educators from discussing MCAS content under fear of punishment.
  3. Implement a moratorium on high-stakes testing.

Call Commissioner Riley

In addition to emailing, call State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley at (781) 338-3100.

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