HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3311        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 451


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Keiko M. Orrall


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to pausing PARCC.






Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Susannah M. Whipps Lee

2nd Franklin

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

Viriato M. deMacedo

Plymouth and Barnstable

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

James M. Kelcourse

1st Essex

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

David K. Muradian, Jr.

9th Worcester

Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

Leah Cole

12th Essex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3311        FILED ON: 1/16/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 451

By Mrs. Orrall of Lakeville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 451) of Keiko M. Orrall and others relative to the implementation or use of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Education.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court



An Act relative to pausing PARCC.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of elementary and secondary education, herein known as the department, shall not implement or use the Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Career, herein known as PARCC, assessment to provide any student competency determination as a graduation requirement or school and district accountability purpose until such time as the commissioner of the department shall provide the general court with the following: (i) an assessment of the costs including but not limited to the department, the costs to the board of elementary and secondary education, herein known as the board, and the costs to each individual school district in the commonwealth to develop and implement the PARCC; professional development associated with PARCC; and any equipment, hardware, software, or technology upgrades needed for compliance with PARCC; and (ii) any additional costs associated with data mapping of students in the commonwealth, as well as the administrative costs required to collect, maintain and protect the confidentiality of such data collection.

(b) In conducting such an assessment, the commissioner shall conduct not fewer than four public hearings to receive testimony from members of the public, including parents, teachers, and administrators. The hearings shall be held in locations that provide opportunities for residents from all geographic regions of the commonwealth to testify. The commissioner shall provide a summary of the transcribed hearings.

(c) The department, in coordination with the commissioner, shall report any preliminary findings to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house and senate no later than June 1, 2015. A final report due to the general court on the department’s recommendations shall be filed with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives on or before September 1, 2015.