Don't Park the Parcc?
By Jim Vail
The usual suspects are lining up to stop the growing movement to postpone the upcoming Common Core test the Parcc Exam.
Teach Plus, a Gates funded education reform group that supports Common Core, held a conference a few weeks ago to laud the new Parcc exam.
The teachers who attended, though, expressed their frustration with the new test that they say will be too difficult for special education and English Language Learners, among many other problems.
Catalyst magazine then featured a recent article written by Teach Plus entitled, "Don't park the PARCC" stating that despite the many problems, the test should still go on.
"There is no doubt that a great deal of hesitation and skepticism surrounds the roll-out of the PARCC. Concerns range from the difficulty and rigor of the new assessment to the technical and bandwidth capacities of Chicago Public Schools and individual schools within the district. These concerns will not go away by postponing the test for another year. Piloting the PARCC now provides us with the opportunity to address issues head-on and find solutions."
The Catalyst article says it will be "amazing" that Chicago will be able to pilot the PARCC exam, despite the fact that even the Chicago schools chief asked also to postpone the exam that will prove to be a very rigorous test. Only 30 percent of the students in New York passed this Common Core test last year.
A great education activist commented about the inaccurate portrayal of the Teach Plus event in the Catalyst article. She cited our Second City Teachers report on the meeting two weeks ago.
The Catalyst article is at: http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/2014/12/05/66236/dont-park-parcc-exam