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2 former Mass. education chiefs back test changes

July 19, 2010

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BOSTON—Two former state education commissioners are backing a proposal to require Massachusetts to replace its math and English public education standards with proposed federal guidelines.

Robert Antonucci and David Driscoll said embracing the national Common Core standards represents an advancement over the current testing regimen.

Critics say the national standards could lead schools to drop the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, tests. MCAS supporters say the tests have helped boost student scores.

Antonucci and Driscoll say the state's curriculum on English and math had a clear influence on the creation of the national standards, which they say will help Massachusetts students remain competitive with other states.

Antonucci is president of Fitchburg State College. Driscoll is an education policy lobbyist and an Obama administration appointee to a board that helps oversee national testing.

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