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.