The test prep program, officially called the Exam School Initiative, will focus on “test wiseness,” and materials will be placed online for families to access, said Charles Grandson, the district’s chief equity and strategy officer.
But the lack of traditional prep material has created a dilemma for tutors and parents eager to help their children gain admission to the city’s premier public high schools.
“It’s just an impossible situation,” said Ruby Reyes, director of the Boston Education Justice Alliance. “You can’t expect fair results from a test if the environment is skewed.”
The district will be using NWEA’s MAP growth assessment test, Grandson said.
District officials said the assessment reviews students’ understanding of the subject matter they have learned in class. They said NWEA has sample questions on its website, organized by grade and by subject, which are designed to familiarize students with the manner in which questions are presented, as well as its online testing platform.
The district said it is working with NWEA “to consider developing guides for students and families,” adding that the best test preparation is “daily attendance in school and learning grade-level reading and math.”