An early version of the PARCC common Core tests have been released, and bloggers are underwhelmed.
Chris Cerone thinks they look more or less like the same old standardized tests, but way more expensive.
Blogger Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters wrote:
“They just released computer based sample PARCC items.
Go directly to the test items in grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and high school.
Last night I looked at the sample HS ELA questions and got such a headache! I couldn’t answer the second question, glanced at others, and then quit.
It was based upon a very difficult poem.”
At the end of the day, how many billions of dollars will be spent for new computers, new bandwidth, and professional development? How many arts programs will be eliminated, how many social workers, guidance counselors, and librarians laid off?
And will we wonder if this vast new expenditure was…
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