One of the joys of representing the great people of Aurora in the State Legislature is being able to hear from my constituents. One of my constituents, an educator in Aurora Public Schools, was kind enough to take the time to give me her classroom perspective about The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. This is a test our students take and in her email, she illustrates the manic, often very flawed way this test factors into 50% of teacher evaluations:
“We would like to let our legislators know what is happening during PARCC testing season. The PARCC test for this year has been a complete nightmare. The nightmare began last week when students, who were logged in to the test, sat in front of computers that wouldn’t load, for hours at a time. They weren’t allowed to talk, do anything else, etc. Testing protocols call for a “standard” environment where students have to sit quietly. I have to give my 8th graders credit. They did ok. The first time.