We hope you have a restful vacation though we know that many members will be working in our schools next week. We also pause here to give a moment of thought to those who suffered and continue to suffer through the tragedy of last year’s Marathon bombings.
The Globe ran an article on Sunday, “Panel raises questions on PARCC,” that deserves a close read from our members, many of whom have numerous questions about PARCC:
“The Peabody School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to ask state officials to review a possible conflict of interest involving the education commissioner’s stance on a new standardized test that may replace MCAS.
“Mitchell D. Chester, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, serves as chairman of the governing board for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium of 25 states that is developing the new assessment system to reach national educational standards called Common Core. The PARCC test, which is administered online, aims to prepare students for college and careers…”
A related piece written by a member of the Worcester School Committee, David McGeney, was printed in the Worcester Telegramon Friday, “Common Core’s power grab:”
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Chester in “Building a better assessment,” (“As I See It, Telegram & Gazette, April 2), in which he praised the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.
There’s a new website up and running on PARCC: check it out.