Louisiana School District to Consider PARCC Opt-Out

louisiana-state-flag-2The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that a local school board, the Terrebonne Parish School Board, will consider a resolution at their meeting tonight requesting the ability to opt-out of the PARCC assessment.

They report this school board is not the only one wrestling with what to do with the Common Core-aligned assessment that is meant to be implemented state-wide.

A resolution before the School Board Tuesday asks Gov. Bobby Jindal and state school Superintendent John White to allow Terrebonne out of the tests until “these programs have been thoroughly reviewed and understood by teachers, parents, community leaders, and approved by school board members,” according the Associated Press.

The move in Terrebonne comes as school districts across the state – including St. Tammany – grapple with how to handle students whose parents refuse to allow them to take the standardized tests in March. While it’s unknown at this stage how large the so-called “opt-out movement” in Louisiana might be, some districts nonetheless appear concerned.

In St. Tammany, the School Board twice last week asked BESE to hold a special meeting to give it direction on the issue.

St. Tammany board members are unhappy that students who don’t take the PARCC tests will count as zeroes for the schools and districts in the annual performance scores.

The Terrebonne discussion Tuesday night (Feb. 10) will be familiar to some who follow the St. Tammany School Board. Some St. Tammany School Board members last week suggested St. Tammany opt out of the tests as a district.