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Mercedes Schneider reviews what is in store for children in Néw Jersey when they take the PARCC test:
“PARCC testing in New Jersey is scheduled to begin March 2, 2015. The NJ PARCC testing “window” will not end in March, but will continue into April, May, and June, depending upon the grade level and whether the test is part of the PBA (performance-based assessment), which is given 75% of the way through a school year, or EOY (end of year), which comes 90% of the way into a school year.
“For third grade, New Jersey schools must schedule 4.75 hours for the English language arts (ELA) PBA and EOY PARCC and 5 hours for the math PBA and EOY PARCC.
“Just shy of 10 hours of schedules testing time for a third grader.
“For fourth and fifth graders it is a full 10 hours.
“For sixth through eighth graders, almost 11 hours.”
Why is it necessary to spend so much time to find out whether children can read and do math?
Some parent groups are urging opting out.
The opt out talk has grown so loud that DC-based Education Trust has sent opinion pieces to Néw Jersey papers urging parents not to opt out. Schneider points out that Education Trust is heavily funded by the Gates Foundation.
New Jersey parents: do not subject your children to 10 hours of testing. Opt out.