A question presented on the 10th grade MCAS exam related to a passage from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” is being pulled from the test after concerns were raised that it was traumatizing for students. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said students who already took the exam will not be scored on the question and that students who haven’t yet taken the test will be told to skip the question, Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said in a letter to school officials on Sunday. The essay question used a passage from the Colson Whitehead novel and prompted students to write a journal entry from the perspective of a character in the book, a white woman who is “openly racist and betrays slaves trying to escape,” according the the Massachusetts Teachers Association and four other groups who issued a joint statement on the “racially troubling” question. “For all of the unconscionable aspects … [Read more...] about State pulls ‘racially troubling’ question from 10th grade MCAS exam following complaints
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff April 03, 2019 When tenth-graders sat down for the MCAS this spring, many confronted an essay question that struck them as inappropriate and insensitive: They were asked to write a journal entry from the perspective of a white woman who uses derogatory language toward a runaway slave and is conflicted about helping her.The essay question sparked a range questions among students, including whether using racist language would win them points for historical accuracy or deductions for inappropriateness. Some Boston school administrators, including Interim Superintendent Laura Perille, contacted state education officials late last week to voice their objections.In response, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has taken the rare step of dropping the question from the test. Commissioner Jeffrey Riley notified school district … [Read more...] about State tosses out MCAS question about ‘Underground Railroad’ after students, teachers protest
Boeing released a software fix to the MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, which is suspected to have caused, or at least played a role in, the horrific crashes of two new 737 MAX 8 jetliners over the past five months. MCAS is the prime suspect in the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air MAX 8 on Oct. 29, 2018, and a similar plane flown by Ethiopian Airlines that crashed March 10. Everyone on board the two planes -- 346 people, including passengers and crew -- were killed. Aviation safety experts say MCAS automatically takes control of the plane, and pushes the nose lower, based on data from a single angle of attack (AoA) sensor. MCAS is a new system installed on board all the 737 MAX planes, to compensate for a design issue that arose Boeing fitted them with newer and larger engines. The pilots on the Lion Air flight, however, didn't know of the system because Boeing never told pilots about it till that plane crashed. The pilots on the Ethiopian Airlines flight were … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 MAX fix released, updates MCAS software suspected in crashes
Mar 27, 11:44 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Arthur Villasanta 03/27/19 AT 11:15 PM With its new software fix to the MCAS or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, The Boeing Company has tantamount to admitted fault for the horrific crashes of two of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners over the past five months.MCAS is the prime culprit in the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air MAX 8 on Oct. 29, 2018 and a similar plane flown by Ethiopian Airlines that crashed March 10. All 346 passengers and aircrew aboard both flights were killed.Aviation safety experts noted that MCAS automatically takes control of the plane, and pushes the nose of the plane lower, based on data from a single Angle of Attack (AoA) sensor.They also said MCAS was installed aboard both ill-fated planes. The pilots on the Lion Air flight, however, didn’t know it existed. The pilots on the Ethiopian Airlines flight were trained … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 MAX Fix Released, Updates MCAS Software That Caused Crash
Similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, confirmed by black box data, have focused attention on an anti-stalling system used in the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane has put the spotlight on an anti-stalling system used on the 737 Max 8 aircraft. (AFP/Michael TEWELDE) The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8 designed to prevent the plane from entering into a stall, or losing lift. Both the Lion Air jet, which crashed in October, killing 189 people, and the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, which went down a week ago on Sunday, leaving 157 people dead, were fitted with the system. Both planes experienced similarly erratic steep climbs and descents and fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff. A malfunction of the system was implicated in the Lion Air accident in Indonesia. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said findings from … [Read more...] about Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?