Daily Herald –
Across the suburbs, hundreds of students are opting out of the new PARCC tests. While it’s not clear if the objection is coming from students, parents or both, it does seem to be an organized effort.
“It is our belief that the PARCC participation decision in some buildings was a parent- and student-led effort,” said Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Superintendent David Schuler.
Enough students have refused to take the test in District 214, that it likely will not meet the 95 percent testing threshold set by the state, Schuler said Thursday night. At other suburban districts, there were more isolated examples of boycotts.
Schuler addressed the issue at Thursday night’s school board meeting, saying that while the staff has encouraged students to take the test, many across the district’s six high schools refused, echoing a nationwide trend of students boycotting the newly implemented testing.
The superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey has confirmed that she sent an email to fellow superintendents Tuesday about her concern that education publishing giant Pearson is “monitoring” children’s social media accounts for possible leaks about the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.
On Friday, Bob Braun, a former leading columnist for The Star Ledger in New Jersey, posted on his blog and Facebook page an email superintendent Elizabeth Jewett sent to colleagues regarding Pearson’s monitoring of social media posts by students in her district. The email reads:
Good morning all,
Last night at 10PM, my testing coordinator received a call from the NJDOE that Pearson had initiated a Priority 1 Alert for an item breach within our school. The information the NJDOE initially called with was that there was a security breach DURING the test session, and they suggested the student took a picture of a test item and tweeted it. After further investigation on our part, it turned out that the student had posted a tweet (NO PICTURE) at 3:18PM (after school) that referenced a PARCC test question. The student deleted the tweet and we spoke with the parent – who was obviously highly concerned as to her child’s tweets being monitored by the DOE. The DOE informed us that Pearson is monitoring all social media during PARCC testing. I have to say that I find that a bit disturbing. – and if our parents were concerned before about a conspiracy with all of the student data, I am sure I will be receiving more letters of refusal once this gets out (not to mention the fact that the DOE wanted us to also issue discipline to the student). I thought this was worth sharing with the group.
Greg Bishop at Inn Radio reported the following:
PARCC takes center stage during appropriations committee
Meanwhile the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, standardized test came up. A committee member says the cost of providing the test is upwards to forty-nine-million dollars. State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch (cook) defended the test, saying they’ve talked with other states in the lead up to the eventual rollout here in Illinois.
“And I believe it’s very important for our students right now to be demonstrating the application of knowledge and skills. That’s a new task that they have not done before. They’ve been doing fill in the bubble, multiple choice tests. This is going to very much help their learning and was tied to instruction and I believe it’s good for kids.”
Koch says despite the federal government only requiring PARCC for one year, ISBE plans on using the test for several years to allow for the state to show progress at a cost of five million dollars a year. Governor Bruce Rauner said last month in Champaign that he wants to investigate the standardized test, saying it may be politicized. Rauner’s office said Tuesday the Governor is committed to a thorough evaluation of the PARCC and all tests in Illinois schools.
Yet another example of how the ‘voluntary’ and ‘state led’ Common Core is anything but. The federal government has their fingerprints all over it. Illinois has the option to get out but Koch and friends at the ISBE are not listening to the fine folks of Illinois. We want out!
NORMAL — Normal Community High School students showed what they think of standardized testing in dramatic fashion Friday morning.
More than 100 students “walked out” by refusing to go to first-hour classes; marching from the NCHS entrance to the opposite front of the building and back; and holding an impromptu rally in front of the school doors.
Students assembled to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam that started this week at Bloomington’s District 87 and is set to start Monday at schools in Normal-based McLean County Unit 5.
PARCC has become a rallying point for students, parents and educators dissatisfied with standardized tests and the Common Core standards. It has replaced the elementary-level Illinois Standard Achievement Test and will replace the high-school level Prairie State Achievement Examination in an attempt to reflect students’ mastery of Common Core.
ABC 7 News –
CHICAGO (WLS) —
Next week, more than 230,000 eligible Chicago Public Schools students will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC exams.
“We’re pleased that CPS is going to give this test and give all students in CPS the opportunity to show their performance against this new, more meaningful test,” said Mary Fergus, spokesperson for the Illinois Board of Education.
Initially, the state’s largest school district opted out of giving the test, but did an about-face Monday, as the CEO of CPS said there was the possibility of losing funds otherwise.