A walk in the PARCC?
Okay, that was a seriously cheesy headline but I couldn’t resist.
The PARRC test is coming to replace the ISATs as the standard test taken in all Illinois public elementary schools.
The assumption is that at some point, the PARRC scores will be used as the entry criteria standardized test component for selective enrollment schools. For now, CPS is still going with NWEA MAP scores for admission.
Some parents on Facebook have taken some of the practice tests and shared their feedback. Take a look and let us know what you think. I personally have a hard time with computer-administered tests. I don’t know if I was conditioned that was from growing up with Scantrons and a nice #2 pencil, or if it’s the way my brain works. I tried the 6-8th grade math. I could certainly have completed all the answers (correctly, I’m quite certain) but frankly I didn’t have the brain power to do it.. Oh… I am so happy I’m not taking middle school math right now. I love me some math, but long laborious word problems make me turn into a 7th grader saying “when will I ever use this stuff????” (For the record, I do use some of it my job.)
I found the “explain how you know this/show your work” portion to be challenging. The software is difficult to use and my computer moves slowly. I have no idea how the CPS computers work, but I feel bad if you’re the kid who gets the dud computer in the room.
I’m going to try an easier math year to see how the interface works when I’m not wincing about the problems I have to solve.
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