PARCC was created to measure critical thinking. Something we have not had in public schools. Yes it is harder because we haven't taught this way before. It is new and people are scared. The old tests asked students to spit out memorized facts or skills learned but didn't test a students ability to take a skill and apply it to another concept. This is the difference between American schools and those that produce students who are more prepared for life after high school and attending college. It will take time to adjust but that doesn't mean get rid of it. Even if it goes away, something will take its place. Do we strive to get better and be more prepared to compete with students around the world or are we looking for a simple test of basic skills to make us feel better about our educational system.
Let's put politics aside and focus on what's best for our children. "Over-reach" of government arguments simply dodge the issue. I've been a part of a progressive school district that's been implementing the Common Core and PARCC-style assessment for 2+ years. You would not believe the growth we've observed across all types of students. The bottom line is that the PARCC assessment expects more. Students will become frustrated. They may even fail, initially. But growth simply cannot happen without frustration. These past two years I've felt like a coach teaching kids how to have grit. Giving up simply isn't an option in my four walls. Instead of walking around like victims who cannot adjust to new situations, my students walk around like warriors who can only fail when they give up. Please see the recently released PARCC assessments. Finally my students aren't disrespected by "easy" assessments that demand little. Preparing for the PARCC has proved to me what great teachers have told me: expect little, get little; expect greatness, get greatness.
The PARCC test will be a uniform way to test college readiness for children in PARCC states, and ostensibly provide students and teachers with information about which subjects a student needs to work on. If the tests work as predicted, and are given early in high school, a student should have time to improve in the weaker areas and thus perform better in college.
Well after all teachers teach their student and they should be tested on it and people need to be used to taking tests. The parcc should not chose if a student graduates or not thought is very silly. The parcc should be allowed and should stay that what I think. Now if you think about it honestly is taking a test such a bored? NO! But like I mentioned before where you stand on the parcc test should not determine anything it should just be a over view of everything you have learned. I very strongly think that the parcc is a positive thing and is helpful.
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Seriously people, the NJ ask was on paper and this is the 21st century we have iPhones now and we should know how to test on computers because that is the future. Also of course there will be problems, this is the first year that we are taking it and still trying to figure things out. Most importantly it is good that it is harder. Life is hard and kids need a challenge to test and stretch their skills otherwise they won't get better
While this is a big step for teachers to learn, there is no point in getting rid of PARCC tests overall. They are designed to put the whole nation under one common umbrella and although it may be harder for the teachers to learn, steps need to be taken as we learn more on how to test. The test needs to be adjusted in some areas, but as a whole the test will help us grow.
Teachers get consequences for students not doing great on the PARCC testing but guess what? I guess they're thinking backwards,students should receive the consequences for not paying attention at school and for acting dumb on the test. SBA is more challenging and teachers doesn't get consequences on that,and it helps them to see if the students learned something for the whole entire school year. SBA test, you can take SBA for 3 hours a day in 1 week. It gives you time to analyze the question and the examples they give you. PARCC testing, you take 7 "duh" questions for an hour a day for 3 weeks you get a messed up school schedule and teaches get consequences for the students not doing a great job. For example: my English teacher came back from a family emergency, she just recently found out about the PARCC a testing and she found out that she will get consequences for the students not doing a great job. I think it's unfair for her to go through a lot of stress. It's putting all the teachers in a bad situation.
We are expecting teachers to do more when new testing comes out. They have to learn the new system, especially now, considering some districts are using the online option of testing. In addition, some student's are not ready to take such a test. Teachers are having to rush through the semester in order to provide two weeks of testing and at some level, it is three weeks because some students have to take the SBA science examination. Our kids are not prepared and it's not the schools fault. Before lawmakers contribute to testing education, they should sit in the classroom for a month. There are other issues. Standardize testing has it's good sides, but changing the test consistently, is not helping anyone.
If we look at student populations, certain students are set up to fail the PARCC. Any student in special education will not benefit, nor will certain students in regular ed classrooms. One of the factors is timed test. Not every student has the same learning/ thinking style, having a timed test is going to hinder their ability to get through the entire test.
PARCC is not going to help our schools or our children.
Why would we need our children learning Latin root words and Greek meanings and mythology? The parcc does not focus on what they are learning but takes a whole different approach to the common testing. It is insignificant as to what the common middle schooler is learning and makes it 10 times harder giving high school level problems. As well with the whole idea of it being online, there is no way that there won't be a technology hiccup. I say it isn't a smooth move Parcc.
We have so many tests to determine "where we're at" in our schooling career, and for so long we've had the same test to do so. So why now are the test changing making it so much harder? At my school we've been told that this test determines whether we graduate or not; if that's the case then why was it sprung on us this year? It's not fair to put this on kids that don't have much time to learn the curriculum. As a junior, it's very frustrating being tested on a whole new set of stuff that we haven't been learning. If you're going to make a new test, start it with the 6th graders so they can at least have a chance at understanding what's on it.
PARCC SPELLED BACKWARDS IS CRAP!!! The PARCC won't actually count for the next three years and it's only to test teachers not students. To much complications for technology. Kids shouldn't be spending that much time on computers. Your PARCC scores have nothing to do with the classes you'll be placed in next year so don't stress trying to get a good score because it really doesn't matter
There is scientific proof that shows that looking at a bright screen actually damages brain cells! Also, looking at a bright screen for that long can damage kids' eyes. The kids will not only have to look at the screen during the tests, but the will also have to practice online test taking and that takes hours to do.
The setting of the test is not that great either. Kids' work better in an environment that they know and are comfortable in. A computer lab is not a comfortable environment. Also the new objects in the room can distract the kids from the actual test.
All children are wired differently. We have spent the last 20 years learning strategies,techniques to address all learners through differentiated instruction. Our classes now include autism, down syndrome, visually impaired, oppositional defiance, anxiety disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalcula, etc. I do believe in standards and benchmarks to measure growth. Not one teacher was on the board to write the PARRC. Obama needs to concentrate on his own problems or mess he has gotten us into.
Practically no one will be ready for it. It is getting rid of the ACTs being offered at the schools, which is a problem because colleges still look at the ACTs: they don't care about the PARCC right now! I have talked to several teachers about the sample problems they have worked on, and not only do they feel uncomfortable with transitioning to it so quickly, but they said that a majority of the kids will do terrible at it. If this is going to take place, it shouldn't count for anything right now: just a test that shows where you are. It SHOULDN'T replace the ACTs that are administered at schools (not talking about the one you take outside of school on Saturdays) and SHOULDN'T be a thing that is looked at. It is frustrating to see that the ones who are getting affected by it have NO say in it whatsoever! It's time to get our acts together!
Standardized testing is part of what is wrong in America's education system today. Teachers feel pressured to "teach for the test" - they must teach their students how to pass the test rather than teaching them the concepts in a real-world capacity. All teachers know their students must pass these standardized tests or face discipline.
Initially, the PARCC shouldn't be used in schools because it isn't good for your health. As any student who has taken the PARCC before knows, it's taken on the computer. From the moment the first question appears, they are sitting at their desk, staring at screens. This wouldn't be such a huge issue- Many kids use their screens, whether they are iPads, computers, phones, or etc.- However, they are staring at the test screen for hours. It's nothing compared to the time children spend on youtube, playing video games, or etc. According to http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/does-your-phone-damage-your-eyes-an-experts-advice/, “A 2015 report from The Vision Council, Hindsight Is 20/20/20: Protect Your Eyes from Digital Devices, found that 61 percent of Americans have experienced eye strain after prolonged use of electronic devices — nearly 2 out of every 3 people.” From prior experience with the PARCC, I can say that it not only hurts your eyes, but it can also give kids headaches. Each year, after being exposed to the screen for such a long amount of time, your eyes begin to hurt and so does your head. https://www.verywell.com/is-working-at-my-computer-causing-my-headaches-1719432 states,
“While you might think the act of focusing on a screen is a straightforward process, it's not as simple as it sounds. The distance between the front of a monitor and our eyes is called the working distance. Interestingly, our eyes actually want to relax at a point that's further away from the screen. We call that location the Resting Point of Accommodation (RPA). In order to see what's on the screen, the brain has to direct our eye muscles to constantly readjust focus between the RPA and the front of the screen. This "struggle" between where our eyes want to focus and where they should be focused can lead to eyestrain and eye fatigue, which can eventually trigger a headache.”
Next, kids shouldn’t take the PARCC becaue it's too stressful. In the days leading up to the Parcc, the classroom is silent and full of kids doing practicing assignments and logging on to the PARCC website, typing, or reading the text used in the practice tests- but mostly, they are spending their time in school stressing out and worrying that they are going to fail the PARCC, and/or that the questions are too hard for them. In a poll, twenty two students said the PARCC was too stressful and five students said that it wasn’t. Every year that I have participated in the PARCC, all of the above has happened to me.
Last, kids shouldn’t take the PARCC is because it isn't a productive time. Students do many things during the Parcc, whether they are playing with their scrap paper or typing, one of the things they don't do is learn. Some may argue that the PARCC is “A wonderful learning experience” where kids are “Inspired by the articles” and that “The questions really teach them so many things”- However, that's wrong. It's supposedly a review, and sometimes includes subjects that students haven’t learned yet.