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Mass. DESE Survey on Sci/Tech/Engineering Assessments, due July 10

The Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education invites educators and members of the public to complete a 10-15-minute survey about upcoming revisions to the MCAS assessments for Science and Technology/Engineering.  Responses are due by July 10.  If you have questions about the survey, contact Darin LaSota at

Change in Newton High Schools’ Pathway to AP Biology

NNHS and NSHS Science Departments have announced a change in the pathway leading to AP Biology.  In the past, this course was taken mainly by juniors as an intensive introduction to biology.  Starting with the Class of 2016, students interested in AP Biology will complete Honors or Advanced College Prep (formerly “Curriculum I”) Biology in junior year and then elect AP Biology in senior year.

Grades 9 & 10: Feb. Biology MCAS Affects Scholarship Eligibility

From the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education:  “Beginning with the class of 2016, a student’s score on a high school Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) MCAS test will be added to the eligibility criteria for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Therefore, the score for a grade 9 or 10 student who takes the February 2014 Biology MCAS test will count toward his or her scholarship eligibility.”