Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

Is the SBAC any different? The PARCC tests have been criticized for being administered in high-stakes circumstances before they were validated. PARCC’s rejoinder is they had content validity, meaning that the test was built according to their committee reviewed specifications. … Continue reading Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

2000+ students opt out of Common Core Standards test in NJ, hundreds walk out in New Mexico

From ABC news: Thousands of students in New Jersey opt out of controversial PAARC tests Students in New Jersey are taking new controversial tests for the first time, and some parents and educators are not happy with the Partnership for … Continue reading 2000+ students opt out of Common Core Standards test in NJ, hundreds walk out in New Mexico

The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”

Excerpt from the Chicago Teachers Union position paper:  Debunking the Myths of Standardized Testing. Corporate reform groups such as Advance Illinois and Stand for Children claim teachers are the main factor in  student  academic achievement. Recent research shows otherwise: as much  as  90%  of variation in  student  growth  is explained  by factors outside the control of teachers. Children who do not  have  access  to  health  care,  who  are  hungry, who  are exhausted  from  nighttime  symptoms  of asthma,  who  are  fearful  of  violence  in  their communities,  who  do  not  have  books  or  access  to other  informal  learning  at  home,  whose  parents have  limited  education,  whose  families  are  constantly  stressed  by economic  problems,  and who  do  not  go  to  libraries  and  museums  in  their free time are at an academic disadvantage.   These factors are highly related not only to testing outcomes, academic achievement, future education and  socioeconomic  success,  but  also  to  the  racial, ethnic  and  class  origins  of individuals. The inequitable  history  of  American  society,  politics, institutions  … Continue reading The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”