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Some concerned over lack of security tabs on PARCC tests

4 years 11 months 6 days ago Sunday, March 15 2015 Mar 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 7:28 PM March 15, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - The former president for Louisiana School Boards Association, Noel Hammatt, is speaking out against what he said he believes is loose security for the PARCC ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test.

Hammatt said several school officials from various parishes have contacted him citing concerns about a lack of security tabs on PARCC tests that arrived in schools recently.

"No one's going to call up and say look, we went to open the test and someone's gone through the security tab and opened it.... because there is no security tab," said Hammatt.

The former official questions why there are no tabs on the PARCC test when other standardized tests have had them in the past. He said he thinks the majority of teachers will be honest, but for those that may not be, there's cause for specific precautions.

But East Baton Rouge school board member, Vereta Lee said she doesn't think it's an issue.

"It's no reason to be concerned about something as nitpicky as that."

Lee expressed that she wants kids to do well and said they shouldn't be concerned about the test.

"The children do not have to worry about passing the test to go on to the next grade. We will take the test results and know how to better prepare the students next year...when those tests will count. They will only use this test this year as a means of collecting data to see what we need to do for the coming years if we continue the PARCC testing," said Lee.

So far, according to the EBR School Board, 6 students have opted out of taking the exam.

Testing begins Monday morning.


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