New York is one of 14 states that will do “field testing” next spring for an organization developing national, on-line tests.
PARCC — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — is working on computer-based tests tied to the new Common Core learning standards. New York state plans to review the new tests when they’re ready and to decide whether to adopt them to replace some existing tests.
It’s widely assumed that New York will adopt the PARCC tests at some point, as NYS Education Commission John King is on the group’s governing board.
The state has been warning school districts to start making technical preparations for on-line testing as soon as 2014-15, although many observers do not believe this is a realistic goal.
In the meantime, PARCC will do field testing between March and May of 2014 in 14 states and D.C.
According to a release: “Not all students in a participating state take field tests. Generally just about 10 percent of students in tested grades and subjects will participate across PARCC states; most of those students will only take a portion of the tests. The PARCC field tests will not generate student scores.”
We’ve seen growing numbers of parents boycott field tests the past couple of years. No telling at this point where the PARCC tests will be tried out or whether parents will have any kind of notice.