The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) is a partnership of MA public school districts and their local teacher unions, joined together to create a fair and effective accountability system that is guided by a set of principles and offers a more dynamic picture of student learning and school quality than a single standardized test. MCIEA seeks to increase achievement for all students, close prevailing achievement gaps among subgroups, and prepare a diversity of students for college, career, and life.
Formed in 2016, the Consortium believes in a new accountability model that champions students, educators, and families, and reflects what the community wants to know about the quality of our schools and learning experiences. MCIEA’s system focuses on a school quality framework that includes multiple measures of student engagement, student achievement, and school environment, and emphasizes performance assessments in the classroom to measure students' deeper mastery of content and skills. Teachers are at the heart of improving student learning and are directly engaged in all aspects of the work.
MCIEA’s governing board is comprised of superintendents and teacher union presidents from Attleboro, Boston, Lowell, Revere, Somerville, and Winchester. MCIEA is partnering with the Center for Collaborative Education and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Since the launch of MCIEA in January 2017, the school quality team conducted focus groups with students, teachers, administrators, and community members asking them what they most want to know about their schools. Using this information, MCIEA's school quality framework was adjusted and approved by the governing board. Additionally, a cohort of educators from 13 schools in MCIEA districts completed a Quality Performance Assessment Institute, gaining the knowledge and skills to design and implement performance assessments in their classrooms. The next cohort of schools will launch their performance assessment work in the Summer of 2017.
- Read our MCIEA Fact Sheet to learn more about our work so far.
- Check out WBUR's interview with Jessica Tang, President-elect of the Boston Teachers Union, where she talks about standardized testing and the work MCIEA is doing to advance alternative models of assessment in Massachusetts.
- Watch our performance assessment video (below) and hear directly from MCIEA educators who are working together to redefine how we measure what our students know and can do.