A recent piece on Cincinnati.com from an Ohio teacher and parent takes issue with the PARCC test, which is being administered throughout Ohio beginning this week, but misses the mark in a several of areas, including:
As a parent, educator, taxpayer and citizen of Ohio, I cannot help but continue to question the actions of the state Department of Education in rapidly expanding the use of standardized testing in our public schools. Likewise,
many parents are looking at “opt-out options” for their children; teachers and principals fret at the loss of instructional time and local autonomy; superintendents are courageously taking opposition stances; and students anxiously anticipate how they are going to score and be labeled after taking the New Ohio Tests.
In 2011 and 2012, the Ohio Department of Education decided, with very little public input, that PARCC and AIR tests would take over our schools starting in 2014-15. These mostly online tests have two, three and four parts to them, were not systemically field tested,and are written, according to many research measurement experts,
two reading grade levels above the grade of the students subjectedto this monolithic mess called national standardized testing.
The scores of the spring assessments will not be available until next fall, after students have moved on to the next grade. Effective testing is suppose to
yield immediate results and used diagnostically to help students.The New Ohio Tests accomplish neither.
While other states and the school district formerly run by Duncan
—Chicago Public—dropped out of Common Core national testing(only 12 PARCC states remain), several high-ranking Ohio Board of Regents and ODE officials, including its superintendent,decided to join PARCC and serve on its Governing Board and Advisory Committees. It was a fait accompli for our students, teachers, administrators and parents.