The infamous PARCC (Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers) tests recently made headlines yet again. Parents, teachers and administrators have expressed frustration with the tests over the past school year, and lawmakers have taken notice. General consensus is that PARCC tests have taken too much time away from critical classroom instruction. PARCC tests take place several times from February to May. “Clearly, the implementation of PARCC assessments are not going well and need to be replaced,” said Rep. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, sponsor of legislation that would eliminate PARCC testing completely.
In a 92-1 vote, the House recently voted to pass the bill that would eliminate PARCC testing completely and scale back testing hours for all students. Although this is promising news to those opposed to PARCC tests, the bill now moves on to the Ohio Senate, where it is likely changes will be made to the bill.
Stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated as the legislature works and details become final.