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Action Alert: DESE has made a proposal that will make it harder for students to graduate. Let them know you’re opposed.

At their April 2022 meeting, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted to solicit public comment on a proposal by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to raise the passing standard on the high school English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science and technology/engineering (STE) MCAS exams.

Under this proposal, students starting with the class of 2026 (this year’s 8th graders) would be required to meet the higher passing standard (or cut score) to earn the competency determination (CD) and graduate from high school.