Central parents asked to reconsider opting kids out of PARCC tests
CENTRAL - Parents received an automated phone call from the superintendent of the city's school system, asking them to reconsider opting kids out of controversial PARCC tests.
The tests, affiliated with the Common Core teaching methods, begin next week. Parents have removed kids from the tests in protest of the formula. Districts across the state have fielded requests to let students skip the tests, which will record a zero for each student who does not take the test.
While the student is not penalized for the zero, the school system is negatively impacted by the zero in performance ratings.
In Central, about six-percent of students who would normally take the tests have been pulled by their parents. Michael Faulk is concerned about the amount and believes parents are misinformed about the tests.
"The assessment will be challenging, but we believe that our staff has prepared your child to do their very best. Our teachers and students have worked extremely hard and are ready for the assessment to be implemented," Faulk wrote in a letter to parents.
"Please re-consider your decision," he asked.
The tests start Monday.
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