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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

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,...

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...

Students comment on State's standardized test

The Newtonite March 21, 2012

[media-credit name="Julia Moss" align="alignnone" width="300"][/media-credit]Sophomores have been taking the English Language Arts MCAS this week. by Julia Moss In elementary school and middle school,...

Junior Mike Safran identifies 10th grade math MCAS scoring error

The Newtonite October 1, 2011

[media-credit name="Julia Moss" align="alignleft" width="107"][/media-credit]When junior Mike Safran received his 10th grade math MCAS results last week, he knew that something was not right. by Samantha...

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