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|BTU to Host PARCC Community Meeting
On March 13, the Boston Teachers Union will host a community meeting with representatives from The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education so you can learn about PARCC, a new test aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Massachusetts Frameworks that is under consideration to replace the MCAS.
This year, over 60 BPS schools will be piloting sections of the PARCC. According to the procedures in place, students will take the test, teachers, schools, and the district will administer the test at a cost of millions of dollars, but only the state and the testing company will see the results. For information about the testing procedures including official communications from the state, see here. For a different opinion about how field tests work and whom they benefit, see here.
And to see about a new development in Worcester, where the school committee is allowing parents to opt their children out of PARCC field testing. See a piece in the Worcester Telegram:
“The School Committee will let parents opt their children out of field testing for a new standardized test, the committee decided Thursday night.
“The move came after two Worcester parents urged the committee to follow the lead of the Norfolk School Committee, which on Feb. 11 sent the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a letter saying it would let parents decide for their children…”
The community meetings will provide an opportunity for educators, parents, and other stakeholders to ask questions and get additional information. Please join us!
Where: The BTU Hall
When: March 13 from 5-7 PM
The event is open to all, but an RSVP is appreciated.
Those interested in learning more about the implementation of PARCC in two Massachusetts districts and in sharing their own experiences with the rollout should check out this site where you can join a community of educators interested in this issue.