Educators, students get first look at PARCC testing
As states across the country implement Common Core standards, Illinois is unveiling their new standardized testing which will evaluate students twice a year.
“We’re not allowed to look at the test, so I really can’t tell you what is on the test because I haven’t looked at any of the questions,” said teacher Susan Hood.
Vice Principal Natalie Fry says PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers challenges schools to throw away the pencil and paper.
“Our 5th and 6th graders here at Frankfort Intermediate are testing online,” said Vice Principal Natalie Fry.
Testing that could take days to complete the three areas of English, language, arts, and as well as up to three math sessions.
“They read and they watch a video and compare and contrast the two so I think it’s different in that regard,” said Hood. “In another respect they can focus more because they only have one question at a time.”
While teachers and administrators agree PARCC can be useful in the long run, it can be stressful for students taking this test in year one.
“I feel personally like it’s a lot of testing,” said Fry.
“I think it’s a little much because we’re going to come back after spring break and do an end of the year testing, which isn’t as extensive, but it’s more testing,” said Hood.
You can take a look at a sample PARCC test click here.