Teachable Moments: Real Reasons For Refusing The PARCC

Ultimately, forcing standardized test upon students and schools is a matter of power – and the right to protest and dissent

By Douglas B. Larkin

There are plenty of reasons to refuse to have our children participate in the ongoing PARCC exams taking place this month.

Douglas B. Larkin
Douglas B. Larkin

As an educational researcher who values valid empirical data, it is clear to me that the results of this assessment will be anything but valid. I believe that there is such a thing as a good standardized test, but the PARCC suffers from serious issues in its construction and implementation. To be brief, it is not a well-designed test at all.

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