We learned that our district will be participating in the PARCC field tests this spring. I took a screen shot of the test sessions for the ELA test. The first three tests need to be given in late March/early April and the end of year tests will be given in May. I personally got nauseous thinking about nine-year olds sitting through these tests.
ISAT was 45 minutes with up to an additional 10 minutes and many children found that exhausting. Now nine-year old children will need to sit for up to 120 minutes straight? Then they will take two additional lengthy tests in the same week? Many of my students would take the full 120 minutes because they would want to take their time and do well. I also looked at the field test sample questions that are available online and feel that some children will be so overwhelmed…
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