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The Other PARCC - Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing. A 16-year-old takes the new PARCC exam. Here’s her disturbing report. Students, including James Perales, 14, leave Fort Lee High School in New Jersey after the freshmen took the PARCC test.

A 16-year-old takes the new PARCC exam. Here’s her disturbing report.

(Chris Pedota/ via AP) Marina Ford is a high-achieving sophomore attending Pinelands Regional High School in Tuckerton, New Jersey. All of her classes are either honors or Advanced Placement. Her favorite subject is English, and she loves to read and write. She ordinarily scores above average on standardized tests — and always does especially well on the English section. [Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests that align with the Common Core State Standards and are supposed to be used to hold students, schools and teachers “accountable.” An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry For What I Am About To Do To You.

To all of my precious students, I am sorry for what I am about to do to you.

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry For What I Am About To Do To You

This week, I am going to have to give you a new test. It’s called PARCC. There will be five separate tests, on four separate days, and my guess is that most of you will hate them. My guess is that one or two of you will be brought to tears because they will make you feel like you are not smart enough. And the answer is simple. I have no control over this. Teachers: Time for Civil Disobedience. Never have the stakes attached to testing been higher.

Teachers: Time for Civil Disobedience

If a student doesn’t reach proficient on a Common Core test where most students will not reach proficient (a passing mark set artificially high), the student is a failure, her teacher is ineffective, and the school is stigmatized. How to counter this madness? Consider the following comments by teachers, posted on this blog: “I would encourage all of my students to post pics of the questions or tweet the questions as they remember them.

I did this several years ago when Indiana had just one graduation qualifying exam. High Stakes Testing Makes Surveillance Necessary. By Anthony Cody.

High Stakes Testing Makes Surveillance Necessary

Pearson employees may be off for the weekend but when they get to work tomorrow they will find they have a big mess to deal with. The news broke on Friday that Pearson has been monitoring student social media, and has worked with District officials in several instances to ferret out and reprimand students who they Pearson feels have carried out an “item breach.” Pearson stated that the student had posted a photograph of a test item, but that part was untrue, according to the school official who raised concerns about this with her staff. According to Bob Braun, his blog suffered a “denial of service” attack after the post was published, making it difficult to access. If that is true, someone with some powerful technical skills is working to defend Pearson’s reputation.

Here is Pearson’s official explanation of how it monitors social media. Pearson was also featured as a “case study” by one of the services they use, a company called TRACX. Patty Sisco: STAAR has gone too far in special ed. Imagine you’re told you must take the auto mechanic certification exam next month even though you’re only in the introductory course.

Patty Sisco: STAAR has gone too far in special ed

Of course you are totally unprepared; you have been placed smack in the middle of the final course, skipping all the courses in between. Ready to ace that test? Ludicrous, right? Oh, no, not according to our esteemed state legislators who crafted House Bill 5, a revolutionary education bill that includes the relatively new STAAR exam that Texas students seem to have failed miserably since its introduction three years ago. This year for the first time, special education students, who have previously taken modified tests more suited to their different abilities, will take the regular test with “accommodations.” That change doesn’t just affect how special-needs children are tested; it affects how teachers approach their education.

How did the War of 1812 affect the U.S. economy? (A) The use of federal paper currency increased. Parents, we’re being duped. Teacher: How New Jersey Is Trying to Break Its Teachers. This letter arrived from: Douglas McGuirk English Teacher Dumont High School Dumont, NJ My Testimony about the AchieveNJ Act:

Teacher: How New Jersey Is Trying to Break Its Teachers

10 Year Old Speaks Against PARCC at Board of Ed Meeting. As parents boycott Common Core, a warning is issued. The Mother of a Child with Special Needs Tells of the Failures of Common Core. A Special Ed Teacher Tells Commissioner King about the Common Core. Faces of Common Core. Common Core Exposed - EXPOSING THE TRUTH 8. Common Core Exposed - EXPOSING THE TRUTH 7. Hilarious Common Core Math #WCS14. Mad World NewsAngry Mother Destroys Common Core by Writing This on Her Son’s Test. Glenn Beck: AR Mom Stands Against Common Core. Arkansas Mother Obliterates Common Core in 4 Minutes! A teacher describes why she left teaching in public schools... Common Core. Suffolk Forum - Mary Calamia, LCSW.