The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education votes November 17 on whether to drop the current M.C.A.S. test and replace it with PARCC – the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers”. Proponents say PARCC better prepares students for success after high school and closing the achievement gap with students around the world. Connecting Point correspondent Carolee McGrath spoke with PARCC backers Urban League of Springfield President Henry Thomas, III and Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl.