The Common Core and the PARCC testing that goes with it are under fire by teachers, parents and legislators. Christina Young of The News Outlet tells us why.
Mmm. OK. Gotcha. See. Now I read that like three or four times to get to the right answer.
CHRISTINA YOUNG: That’s Andrea Boyle. She is taking the PARCC practice test in fourth-grade English. The test is aligned with the new Common Core curriculum. Nancy Mulligan is an intervention specialist in Garrettsville.
NANCY MULLIGAN: So, you can’t give any assistance as far as clarifying directions or if a kid doesn’t understand where they are at or what they’re doing. You’re not allowed to say anything.
YOUNG: The News Outlet invited 28 adults to take the fourth-grade practice test – 23 passed the English portion, and 22 the math. Mulligan and a colleague participated.
MULLIGAN: When we took the practice test together, we were arguing over what was the right answer. She is working on her second master’s. I have a master’s in special ed.
YOUNG: Boyle, who also has a master’s degree, discusses how she felt after taking the test.
BOYLE: Dumb. I guess that is what the kids would feel like too.
YOUNG: After receiving many complaints, Ohio lawmakers are investigating. And, PARCC officials say they may shorten the tests. For The News Outlet dot org, I’m Christina Young.