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Poll: Do You Think Your School District is Ready for the Rollout of PARCC?

Next month will see the launch of online testing and student assessment in NJ schools -- done deal, disaster, or something in-between?

Next month, New Jersey’s public schools will start the new PARCC student assessments, the next generation of state testing in language arts and math that will be administered online to students in grades three to 11.

There has been intense debate in the lead-up to the new testing. Supporters say it is needed to both help guide instruction under the Common Core State Standards and bring more intelligent accountability to schools. Critics say Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will take more time and money and contribute to the over-testing of students that is robbing the creativity in schools.

Whether or not you support the new tests, do you feel that your school district -- whether it’s the staff, buildings or technology -- is ready for the launch?

  • Yes, our schools have been preparing for months, if not years, through the phase-in of the curriculum and the improvement of technology, and our teachers have prepared the students for what’s to come. There’s been way too much made of the concerns.

  • It’s not perfect, but teachers and administrators have been working hard to schedule the new assessments, and students should be ready. The first year is surely going to be a steep learning curve, but we’ll survive and continue to improve on the test.

  • We have heard from our districts that everything will be fine, but there have been few details and we won’t be sure until we get there.

  • This is going to be a struggle; schedules have been squeezed and revamped, technology will be really tested, and staff has received little training as to what will be required of them and their students.

  • A total nightmare lies ahead. Schedules are being turned upside down, with schools doing little else than testing in those weeks, and our technology is woefully inadequate. Teachers have been doing nothing but test-prep, and even if we survive, we are doing real damage to schools.

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