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 Many students at New Milford High School believe PARCC testing is a waste of time in the school year and that they shouldn’t have to take it. School is supposed to be a place of learning but it’s slowly turning into a system with memory. Majority of students don’t care about doing well in school testing, unless it’s a graduation requirement.

 

  Pearson has a mission statement on their website about the PARCC testing. “The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers.” Is Pearson really getting us ready for college? The mission statement only “claims” they are getting us prepared for college. Is this skill or knowledge?

 

   Jackson Brown (‘18) says, “I feel that kids only care about [PARCC] for the graduation requirement rather than for the actual point of the test which is to see how we compare to schools nationwide.”

 

He went on to say, “I feel the school systems as a whole only care about the statistics to make the school look better.  There are certain teachers and administrators who do care about the students, but the majority don’t.”

 

Cristian Hernandez (‘17) has a similar opinion. “It is the biggest waste of time. If colleges aren’t looking at it then why are we taking it? They may or may not use it for actual knowledge. But why must the test be so long and strictly ruled? Why can’t we just take a regular 30 minute test in a classroom?”

 

Mrs. Lisette Morel, an art teacher at NMHS, feels as if the school system is in contradiction with their mission statement. Mrs. Morel feels as if we aren’t getting students ready for life after high school. “PARCC testing…I understand that students need to be tested for educational reasons, but we need more beneficial and better assessments that don’t affect actual learning time and what are we testing students for? We are working and trying to achieve and if the structure of working is to pass a state test, it doesn’t get a real world connection with people and they fail to realize.”
Seamus Digan (‘17) says, “It’s a waste of time. It takes away from classroom time. For example this year we had PARCC for the two weeks leading up to the AP US History exam. We couldn’t study or continue to learn because there were only ten people in class. When everyone finally got back to class from PARCC (which doesn’t count) we got less than a week to review for a test that we could earn College credit for.”

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