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Massachusetts Board of Education meets at North

Massachusetts Board of Education meets at North

Sophie Murthy May 16, 2019

The Massachusetts Board of Education met in the auditorium Tuesday, April 23. The April or May meeting is traditionally held at the student representative’s school. This is the first time the Board...

The controversial MCAS question excerpted from Colson Whiteheads The Underground Railroad. (Photo from

Students and teachers react to removed MCAS question

Sophie Murthy May 1, 2019

Many sophomore English teachers at North chose to have an in-class discussion about an essay question on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS, which received many complaints for being insensitive and inappropriate....

Graphic by Maria Trias

State officials to blend MCAS, PARCC in disputed MCAS 2.0

Emily Moss January 25, 2016

by Emily Moss In November, the Massachusetts Board of Education voted to change the course of standardized testing with a new assessment, unofficially known as “MCAS 2.0,” which will eventually become...

Column: Newton lags behind "less testing, more learning" movement

The Newtonite October 22, 2015

by Isabel Joyce At the end of last year, many teachers wore yellow pins with the motto “less testing, more learning” etched in red and blue into the shiny plastic frame. Despite the limited knowledge...

Breaking News: School start time during MCAS testing changed

Breaking News: School start time during MCAS testing changed

The Newtonite January 8, 2015

by Jake Sims Speyer Beginning this spring, students not testing will remain home for the morning of ELA, Mathematics, and Physics MCAS testing days. However, specific classes, such as AP courses, may still...

Easy questions can trip up students on the MCAS test. Graphic by Maria Melissa and Mary Solovyeva.

Cartoon: MCAS

The Newtonite March 18, 2014
After long hours of preparation, some questions can seem . . .
Secretary of education for the State Matt Malone 88 listened to faculty and administration present this schools initiatives to narrow the achievement gap yesterday A-block in the Tigers Loft.

State secretary of education tours school

The Newtonite January 15, 2013
by Perrin Stein “If it weren’t for people like campus aide and coach John Staulo and English teacher Peter Capodilupo and for the amazing drafting program in Career and Technical Vocational Education, I would not be where I am today,” said secretary of education for the State Matt Malone ’88.

Column: State test interrupts curriculum flow, sets unfair standards

The Newtonite March 22, 2012
by Connor Vasu Seven days out of the school year are taken up by the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, a state-mandated standardized test we are all familiar with. These days can be torture for those taking the test, and they also interrupt the schedule.

Students comment on State's standardized test

The Newtonite March 21, 2012
by Julia Moss In elementary school and middle school, it was unanimous: we all disliked the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (secretly referred to by rebellious third graders as the Massachusetts Child Abuse System) more than just about anything.

Junior Mike Safran identifies 10th grade math MCAS scoring error

The Newtonite October 1, 2011
by Samantha Libraty Junior Mike Safran found a scoring error in the 2011 10th grade mathematics MCAS which has affected a multitude of test-takers.
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