Over 10% of Chicago Public Schools Students Skipped PARCC



The Chicago Sun Times reports that 10% of students in Chicago Public Schools skipped the PARCC assessment last spring.  So here you have a huge school system that failed to meet the 95% threshold required by federal law.

New data released by the state this week shows that in the end, about 11 percent of eligible Chicago Public Schools students or tens of thousands of kids skipped PARCC — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Many of the highest opt-out rates happened at North Side schools, but all parts of the city had schools with a 50 percent or lower participation rate in the lengthy, in-depth PARCC test that seeks to measure critical thinking.

Statewide, less than 5 percent of students didn’t test, far below states like New York that strongly opposed PARCC.

Of Chicago’s 23 schools with less than half their students taking PARCC, 14 of them were high schools.

In fact, some of the lowest rates were at four selective enrollment high schools, which require competitive testing to get in. Lindblom Math and Science Academy High School tested just 8.5 percent of eligible students in English — the lowest citywide. Northside College Prep tested 17 percent, Lane Tech High School 22 percent and Whitney Young Magnet High School about 39 percent, according to data released this week by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Arne Duncan’s old stomping grounds… nice.