The results from the first Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test have been released by the Illinois State Board of Education and, EdWeek reports, they showed that fewer than 4 in 10 of its students met or exceeded grade-level or course expectations.
Proficiency rates hovered at about one-third for English/language arts, and were a bit lower in math, ranging from 17 percent proficiency on the high school math exam to 36 percent in 3rd grade math.
IEA President Cinda Klickna issued the following statement on the PARCC results
The results of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests are neither a surprise nor a cause for alarm.
PARCC is a new test, based on new standards. These results cannot be compared with the tests PARCC replaced, as they are quite different from each other.
These results provide a kind of baseline. However, since the test is being revamped, it’s unclear how useful this year’s test and results will be.
We agree with Superintendent Tony Smith that “the results shouldn’t be used to shame teachers or schools.”
The new standards remain in place and we expect to see improvement in the years to come as the new test is refined and teachers become more familiar with the new standards.