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Friday, February 9, 2007

Franklin students win changes on MCAS

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The fourth-grade class of Christine Hunt (center) in Franklin learned the power of writing when the state Department of Education adopted their suggestion for simpler, kid-friendly MCAS guidelines.
(Globe Staff Photo by Barry Chin)

FRANKLIN

A Franklin elementary school class helped rewrite the statewide MCAS exam. Christine Hunt's fourth grade class wrote the state's Department of Education with suggestions on how to make the instructions for the test more clear, the Globe reports.

The students came up with the acronym READ, which stands for:

Read the question carefully.
Explain your answer.
Add supporting details.
Double-check your work.

The new instructions will appear on the Language Arts MCAS exam for students in grades 3-8.

-- Adam Sell

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