Critics Push Bills to Ease Reliance on Standardized Tests 

sack lunch schoolBOSTON (AP) — Critics of standardized tests are pushing a handful of bills aimed at easing the state’s reliance on the exams as graduation requirements.

One bill would create a three-year moratorium on so-called high stakes testing while another would eliminate the use of MCAS or other state-developed tests as a high school graduation requirement.

A third would bar schools from denying a diploma to a student who has met all requirements other than passing the test.

Lawmakers plan to detail the legislation at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

The push comes amid an ongoing debate about whether Massachusetts should keep the MCAS test, adopt the PARCC exam — aligned with federal Common Core standards — or combine the two.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday the state should never go back to pre-testing days.

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