I found this official video by MA Education Commission Chester explaining PARCC. I adding the following reply in the comments section. We will see if I am censored out.
“Commissioner Chester is not interested in evaluating PARCC. He is pushing PARCC down our throats in Massachusetts. Did you know that Commissioner Chester is on the Board of Governors of PARCC? https://www.parcconline.org/governing-board Do you think this makes him impartial?
He talked for 6 minutes and 47 seconds and he did not mention Common Core once. Common Core was forced onto the parents of Massachusetts without our input or consent.
- Did he mention that PARCC was designed to test readiness for Common Core?
- Did he mention that Common Core is tied to a nationalized education program call Race to the Top?
- Did he mention that Massachusetts sold out our local control of education for $250M in Federal grant money?
Don’t be baited into silly arguments about Common Core standards or the merits of the PARCC testing. This argument is about control. We don’t trust the Federal Government with education. Keep the control of education local where your voice to influence educational decisions is strongest.
If your child has been selected for the PARCC pilot, then Massachusetts state bureaucrats have already decided that your child MUST take the test. You may NOT opt out. This is not acceptable to me. Opting out is our protest against Common Core. It is a tool that parents have to obstruct Common Core implementation. Together we stand. Divided we fall. Let’s opt out together, regardless of whether or not the state bureaucrats give us permission.
If you are reading this then that means the state censorship arm is asleep at the wheel!”