BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Massachusetts high school seniors were denied diplomas at the end of the last school year because they failed the MCAS science exam.

The Boston Globe reports that in all more than 2,500 students — or 3.7 percent of the state’s 12th graders — did not receive a
passing grade on the science test. Figures from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education showed 731 of those students did pass the English and math portions of the standardized test.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

English and math have been graduation requirements for years, but last year was the first in which seniors were also required to pass the science portion of the standardized test.

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester defended the requirement, but also acknowledged that science instruction may be lacking in some high schools.

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Comments (2)
  1. hojo says:

    Why is science education lacking in some school? Aren’t there enough qualified science teachers, and if so, why not?
    Those who oppose the use of standardized tests to evaluate students should hang their heads in shame. If nothing else, the tests will highlight deficiencies such as the lack of effective science education in some schools. If the students are failing the exams, it indicates that the schools and families are failing them.

  2. Hard working teacher! says:

    Failing MCAS scores do not always mean a failing school. These test only require 33% to pass. You have to be pretty stupid to fail them. Most of the failing students are on drugs, don’t show up to school or have many many learning issues. Many student who fail the course for the year pass the MCAS. Did you know that severely autistic kids still need to take and pass the MCAS? Is it the school’s fault that the kid on coke comes to the test writes his name down and then puts his head down? Unless you are in education, know someone in education or spend time with teachers, you cannot judge. Shadow a teacher for a week and see how you do!

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