Since news over Common Core has been bad, and NAEP scores have demonstrated that it has done nothing to raise student achievement it is understandable why Common Core advocates want to grasp at anything resembling good news.
Fox Illinois reported earlier this month that only 37 percent of 3rd-8th graders in Illinois passed the PARCC’s reading and writing assessment. With the poor quality of the Common Core State Standards, it should not be a surprise.
The New York Assembly passed a bill that would decouple state assessments from teacher evaluations this week 131 to 1, the measure is gaining momentum in the New York Senate.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said that it is time for the Garden State to get rid of PARCC. To that end, the New Jersey Department of Education announced last week they will solicit public input in May to “inform” the next statewide assessment.
A bill was just introduced in the New York Assembly that would bar schools from using standardized assessment scores on teacher evaluations.
Last week, seven states who contract with Questar for their statewide computer-based assessments were subject to a cyberattack. Pencil and paper assessments don’t face those kinds of problems.
Could an exposure to lead in Flint, MI’s drinking water cause a drop in test scores? Some are claiming that, and if any city could point to that as a possible cause it would be Flint. The data does not appear to back that up, however.
The Chicago Tribune recently reported that the Illinois State Board of Education plans to modify the PARCC assessment for 3rd-8th graders on the heels of a recent standoff with Chicago Public Schools over the assessment, as well as, complaints from numerous school districts.
Spring assessments are right around the corner so parents who want to opt their kids out should start that process now. Here are five tips that will help you refuse the test
Newly sworn-in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced last week as Governor-Elect that it is time for the Garden State to get rid of PARCC as their state-wide assessment.