Sassy Jacksun, Author & Multi-Media Artist
Attention all parents, teachers, and students: Thanks to Ohio's AMAZING choice to comply with the CCSS standards, fully, all students in public schools will have to take the new, standardized P.A.R.C.C. test. Oh joy!
First, professionally, I believe this test is...is...well, it just is something. Yep, I have no words to describe this torture, oh wait, I mean test. Sincerely. Compared to all of the other "standardized tests" created thus far, this one takes the cake!
This "assessment" will not assess our students, properly. It will only tell us how well a small, subset of students, who are good at taking standardized tests, can take another standardized test. The rest of the students--well, it will tell the school, the parents, and the students, a whole bunch of nothing. Oh, and the last thing this P.A.R.C.C. test will do, is make the ETS system a disgustingly large amount of money.
Will our schools see any of this money? Well, we will never know. And, if ETS (and whomever else is a part of the creation and implementation of this test) choose to be "transparent" about where the money goes later, we will never know the real truth. Sadly.
Second, as a parent, I will do everything in my power to protect my children from partaking in this test. Why? Well, first the length of the test is obnoxious.
The test is separated into two parts: the mid-year assessment and the "end of year" assessment, with possibility to add more to this test, later.
The mid-year part or the P.A.R.C.C. test for an eighth grader, otherwise known as the PAB portion of the P.A.R.C.C test, consists of the following:
1.) Language Arts (English): Four and half hours, yes hours, of short answer/paragraph answered questions for Language Arts. (Please, ask your individual teacher how many breaks will be allowed, during this portion of the test.) Oh, and if your child has any special needs or accommodations needed to take a test, they will only be allotted one school day, worth of hours.
2.) Math: First test, will be an hour and a half long. Then, the second portion will be an hour and twenty minutes long. Oh, and yes, they will have to use the "new math" to show their work and their answers to complete these questions, correctly.
Again, same note about break allowances and special needs. Please check with your child's teacher. (I think you will be shocked by the answer. And if you are not shocked by the answer, you are not being told the truth.)
3.) Science: This is the last portion of the short answer/paragraph part of the test, and it is an hour and fifteen minutes long.
This part of the test is just the mid-point or the PAB portion of the P.A.R.C.C. test. The end of the year portion of this test will be in April, all multiple choice, this time, but the same standards, apply.
Would love to hear what y'all think. (Please feel free to share this information.)
Extremely concerned educator, and even more concerned, mother