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Students begin taking PARCC exams today

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BATON ROUGE - Students across the state begin a week of PARCC testing, the examination associated with the controversial Common Core education standards, today. But not all are going to be spend their day bubbling in answers on a scantron sheet.

Around 320,000 students in Louisiana joined more than 2 million in other states who have already takken the PARCC test. Parents of more than 200 students in the southern portion of Louisiana have chosen to opt them out of taking the exam. While opting-out won't impact an individual student's scores, it could result in a "zero" for their school and district which may affect their state ranking and funding.

The PARCC Test replaced parts of the high-stakes LEAP test. For now, it won't determine if students pass or fail. It will only serve as a gauge to determine how Louisiana students are performing when compared with others across the country who are also enrolled in the Common Core curriculum.

Grades 3rd through 8th will take 90 minutes of testing this week. The East Baton Rouge School district says the tests will ony help them.

"We'll be able to offer different times of remediation or exceleration," test coordinator Liz Frischhertz explains. "If a child is really strong in an area, we might have funds to go ahead and do tutoring so they can excel."

Schools will receive their test results in October. This is the first of two rounds of testing. The second phase is in May.


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