Don't Raise MCAS Passing Scores


Please add your voice to tell MA officials not to raise the MCAS passing scores required to graduate from high school!  

In April, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted to solicit public comment on a proposal by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to raise the scores required to pass high school MCAS exams in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science and technology/engineering (STE).

Beginning with the class of 2026 (this year’s 8th graders), students would not be able to graduate with a standard high school diploma unless they achieve these higher scores.

BESE is scheduled to vote on this proposal at their next meeting, on June 28, 2022. The deadline for submitting public comments is this Friday, June 3, 2022.

Please use this letter-writing tool provided to submit your comments. The tool provides a sample letter. We encourage you to personalize the letter based on your own experiences and observations about the high-stakes MCAS for greater impact.

By filling in the form to the right, you will be sending your message to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, all of the Board of Elementary & Secondary Education members and the Secretary of Education.  

Thank you for taking action!
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