How do teachers and parents opt-out of all these tests?
"Opt Out Guides by State"
General Opt Out Letter
Sample letters to send to your elected officials
What is PARCC?
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are Common Core-aligned tests. The tests take approximately 10 hours to complete, but PARCC has stated these will be shortened going forward. Only seven states continue to use PARCC tests, but at one time 26 states adopted PARCC testing. The states remaining part of the consortium are Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. The District of Columbia is also currently using PARCC testing.
What is Smarter Balance?
Smarter Balanced is the other Common Core-aligned testing consortium. These tests are currently used in 18 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Caroline, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington State, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Are all of these tests necessary?
No, they are not.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers says, "Today's PISA results drive home what has become abundantly clear: While the intentions may have been good, a decade of top-down, test-based schooling created by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top – focused on hyper-testing students, sanctioning teachers and closing schools – has failed to improve the quality of American public education."
From the Alliance for Childhood, "An added burden for children and teachers is the extensive testing required to assess mastery of these skills. Alliance research indicates that kindergartens already devote 20 to 30 minutes per day for testing or test preparation. A Milwaukee teacher reported having to give over 150 tests to her kindergarten children last year."