Illinois: PARCC Field Tests Begin, Not Auspiciously

Diane Ravitch's blog

A reader sends this comment:

“It is starting in Illinois with the PARCC fled tests coming next month . Technology coordinators and classroom teachers have been trying the online sample field test questions and are appalled at how developmentally inappropriate the tasks and questions are for eight, nine, and ten year olds. I am all for rigor. Ask my students and their parents. Rigor does not mean developmentally appropriate.

“One ELA test can be as long as 120 minutes with only one three minute break allowed. During that break the students may not communicate with each other. They are nine and taking a test that for some will take 120 minutes and others will finish early and sit for 120 minutes. This is outrageous!

“Plus, all staff members involved will sign a one page Security Agreement. If you are found in violation of it, you may lose you license. The…

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