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Attleboro High School

ATTLEBORO — Teachers from Attleboro schools will spend the next two years working with other school districts to develop alternate ways of measuring student achievement, thanks to a $58,000 grant.

Nine school districts will work together to come up with ways of testing students that go beyond the state standardized test know as MCAS, Assistant Superintendent Laurie Regan said.

They will be working in conjunction with the Center for Collaborative Education and the College of the Holy Cross.

She said educators want more authentic ways of measuring how students apply their knowledge to real-life situations using methods beyond multiple-choice questions and writing short open responses.

The MCAS, which is a graduation requirement, gives schools a lot of valuable information about their students, she said.

But, new methods could supplement the MCAS and show whether students have a deeper understanding of the subjects, she said.

Fifteen Attleboro teachers will work on the project in their spare time.

She said the idea to apply for the grant came from school committee member David Quinn.

Quinn said he has been following the work of education professor Jack Schneider on alternate testing methods at Holy Cross, and suggesting to Superintendent David Sawyer that Attleboro get involved.

He said part of the district’s new strategic plan calls for more authentic ways of testing student knowledge, and this is one way of reaching that goal.

The other school systems working on the project are Boston, Bourne, Framingham, Lowell, Ludlow, Revere, Somerville and Winchester.

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