For information on refusing the PARCC, please see this page.
We have created a template CPS parents can use (1) to research what tests their children are scheduled to take and what the results of those tests will be used for and then (2) to inform their principal that their children will not be participating in some or all standardized testing. Click here for the Google doc version (en español), and here for the .pdf (en español).
We encourage parents to discuss standardized testing with their child’s teacher(s) and principals, customize the letter as needed for their particular child’s situation, and then submit the letter to the principal and provide copies for teachers as well.
This year (2014-2015), like last year the spring (May/EOY) administration of the NWEA MAP is a high-stakes test for 3rd, 6th, 8th grades and 5th and 7th graders who plan to apply for selective enrollment schools for entrance in the 2016-2017 school year. If you are considering opting your child out of the MAP, please read our factsheet about the risks and opportunities of opting out of the NWEA MAP (en español).
In addition, this year the new PARCC test will replace the ISAT (elementary school) and PSAE (high school) as the test that Illinois requires public schools to administer to use for state accountability purposes. For this year, PARCC is a low stakes test for students; eventually, for high schoolers, the third year of PARCC testing will be a graduation requirement. There are no consequences for 3rd to 9th graders who refuse the PARCC test this year. (CPS is giving the PARCC to 9th graders only. If you are in a district outside Chicago, your district could be giving PARCC to high schools students who are in their 2nd or 3rd year of coursework instead, but most districts are choosing 9th grade.)
Note that the IL State Board of Education has confirmed that PARCC will not be used for anything for students this year: “This is a baseline year so there are no consequences for schools or students.”
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