EduShyster: In PARCC Place, There Are No Conflicts of Interest, Except When There Are

Diane Ravitch's blog

EduShyster takes a hilarious look at the complicated landscape of Common Core testing in Massachusetts. The state is soon to make a decision about whether to stick with its MCAS exams or switch to the Common Core PARCC exams.

Is it a conflict of interest when the State Commissioner Mitchell Chester also happens to be chair of the governing board of PARCC?

She writes (with marvelous illustrations):

You see, Commissioner Chester wears more than one hat, as they say. Sporting his fedora of excellence, he has just presided over the start of an ambitious two-year effort to test drive the PARCC tests in more than 1,000 Massachusetts schools so that the state Board of Education, which Chester also advises, can vote in 2015 on whether to replace the old, outdated and outmoded MCAS tests with the cool new computerized PARCC edition. Still with me? But in his second hat—let’s call…

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