Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC state exams was met with criticism from the time it was introduced in 2015. PARCC tests included math and reading tests for the third to eighth-grade students in Illinois public schools.
Illinois State Board of Education is planning to transform the test formats and duration of the test. A. Rae Clementz, the director of ISBE’s assessment and accountability section, feels that the test needs to get evolved.
The educators criticized the test due to the long hours of the testing, difficulty level, and the delay in getting results. The parents also have complaints against the test and they do not want their kids to attend the test.
In 2005, Chicago public schools made an attempt to resist the PARCC exams and threatened the state to yank the funds. The state finally had to oblige with the Chicago Public schools.
Any changes made to the PARCC are not going to affect the assessment of the students in the high schools. The scores of PARCC exams for the 3rd to 8th grade have remained very low in the state. Only 40% of the 900,000 students appeared for the test, were able to pass the exams in 2017.
ISBE is planning to create a new computer-based testing format and to modify the exam scoring method. This is to ensure that the results are available to the educators and families faster than the present test format.