Delegate Looking To Eliminate PARCC Testing

Mar 10, 2018 by

Maryland State Delegate Christian Miele is aiming to rid Maryland of PARCC tests and has talked with some educators who feel it would be a good move.

“I’ve met with teachers that feel this is a big drain on resources, the test doesn’t correlate to success on the SAT, so what we’re looking to do is eliminate the PARCC tests,” Miele said. “We have to call it for what it is, it is a failed standardized test that was run by Pearson that created this huge bureaucracy and its really hurting our kids, its taking them away from precious classroom time.”

He is proposing to eliminate it and replace it with either the CAT test, TerraNova or Stanford 10 tests.

“What we do know is kids are facing a lot of anxiety with this test,” Miele said. “Students in the lower performing schools are failing the test repeatedly and have to re-test, and if they still don’t pass it, they have to sacrifice more class time and go outside the class and do whats called a ‘Bridge Project,’ which is basically busy work that complies with MSDE regulations.

“It doesn’t help the students and it doesn’t asses their weaknesses and it just takes them out of the classroom.”

After former Baltimore County superintendent Dallas Dance pled guilty to perjury Thursday, Miele added that Dance’s actions were “deeply troubling.”

“Our teachers [and administrators] do a wonderful, fantastic job, but the leadership has really failed us,” Miele said. “I think we need due process for the interim superintendent…if she has acted inappropriately, then maybe shes not fit to be our permanent superintendent.”

Source: Delegate Looking To Eliminate PARCC Testing | WBAL Radio 1090 AM

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