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PARCC: 6 Concerns Expressed About the Assessment Test

By    |   Tuesday, 20 October 2015 05:12 PM

The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment test is one of two exams that align with Common Core state standards.

PARCC is a group of states that have created a standardized test that meets the universal state education standards of Common Core, but the exam itself also is often referred to as the PARCC. These states have aligned their assessments with the nationalized standards for kindergarten to 12th-grade students in both English and math.

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Here are some of the concerns that have been expressed about this Common Core test:

1. The PARCC test’s validity and transparency
The PARCC assessment has not yet been officially used. This year will be the first in which it is administered, according to the High-Quality Assessment Project. Last year, a field test was given to ensure the technology functioned properly and questions were accurately measuring the intended goal. Additionally, practice tests are available.

2. PARCC’s impact on students and teachers
While the PARCC test has been advertised as harder and more stressful than other exams, Fair Test noted, its purpose is to provide information to students, parents, and teachers on the progress of the students’ education. It can assist in determining students' strong and weak areas and help educators hone their focus in the future. PARCC is designed to replace national aptitude tests and high school finals, which could impact students’ graduation and collegiate pursuits.

3. Data mining
Many have expressed concerns about the government collecting and analyzing the private information and data of students. States have control of the testing information and results. PARCC committees approve or deny the usage of this data.

4. Technology
Since the test is administered online, some schools have had to make upgrades to the technology they have. However, PARCC is offering paper and pencil versions this year. A period of multiple weeks in which the test can be administered is offered. According to Fair Test, however, some schools have left the testing consortium due to costs of technological upgrades and the exam itself.

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5. Disabled and English-language learner students
While the test is available in English, PARCC provides accommodations for these students.

6. Amount of testing
Some people have expressed concerns that PARCC will reduce the amount of time students are in the classroom. It is estimated that the test will be less than 1 percent of the time students spend in school each year, but students will take the exam several times through the year. There are longer sections that include writing and multi-step math questions, though it is mostly multiple choice.

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