On November 25, Valerie Strauss write a blog post titled, "A Damning Indictment of One State's Common Core Testing Initiative."
Not surprisingly, that state is Illinois! The issues surrounding implementing this test (more accurately: these tests) are significant. It's going to require a significant expenditure of time, energy, and dollars for most districts. The question is: to what end?
Here's Valerie's blog post featuring Peter Bavis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Evanston Township District 202. It's a great summary of the issues surrounding Common Core testing, and PARCC testing in Illinois in particular.
Here is Pete's presentation to his Board of Education. It's the best summary of all the infuriating issues surrounding PARCC in general and the implementation of PARCC in Illinois.
ETHS D202 PARCC Assessment Discussion from Tim Furman on Vimeo.
*If you're not following Strauss's The Answer Sheet" you should be.