Illinois kids to get replacement for criticized PARCC exam

Illinois third through eighth graders will be given a new, shorter standardized test called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness this month instead of the widely criticized PARCC exam, state officials said.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 2:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois third through eighth graders will be given a new, shorter standardized test called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness this month instead of the widely criticized PARCC exam, state officials said.

The new test, also known as the IAR, is about a third shorter than the PARCC exam and will have other significant differences, including a shorter wait for results, more locally created questions, a computer adaptive test model customized for each student and adjustments to how the test is translated for non-native English speakers, state Board of Education spokeswoman Jackie Matthews told the Chicago Tribune.

Although schools will begin administering the new test this month, those changes will be rolled out starting next year through 2022, she said.

The PARCC exam, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, launched in 2015 and was met with criticism from school administrators and parents, who said it was too long and too difficult. That led to an opt-out movement among parents that kept some students from taking it.

Chicago Public Schools also resisted PARCC testing in 2015 and got into a standoff with the state, which threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding. The district ultimately relented.

PARCC was pulled from high schools in favor of a state-funded SAT college entrance exam. The test remained at elementary and middle schools until now.

Local administrators’ criticisms were considered when designing the new test, Matthews said.

One local administrator said he’s glad to hear about the testing changes but are remaining guarded as they await them.

“We won’t know until we see it,” said Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. “We’re hoping the test is more aligned to the standards than PARCC.”

___

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 51°
Robinson
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 53°
Indianapolis
Scattered Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 45°
Rockville
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 51°
Casey
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 45°
Brazil
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 51°
Marshall
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 51°
A nice weekend.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Saturday Weather Update

Image

Segment Two in The Zone

Image

Segment Three In The Zone

Image

Segment One In The Zone

Image

Friday Late Forecast

Image

CJ’s Daily Bread: Fighting hunger one meal at a time

Image

Vigo County veterans group set to hold their only canned food drive of the year

Image

Vigo County School Corporation set to start exclusions for unvaccinated students

Image

How do you feel about the THPD deal with Live PD?

Image

Friday Early Forecast

WTHI Events