Some parents opt out of PARCC Test

Cheryl Florence
Cheryl Florence


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of parents have a problem with the PARCC Test and are opting out, saying their kids don’t need to take the test.

“It’s not accurate,” Cheryl Florence said.

Florence is not a fan of the PARCC test. She did some research and decided not to make her daughter, a fourth grader, take the test.

“What is hanging on this test from my understanding is teacher’s pay raises, the school’s letter grade, principal pay raises nothing…that has to do with my child at all,” Florence said.

The state grades schools based on different factors, but heavily depends on test performance.

Florence says the test just isn’t fair to her daughter’s school, Peralta Elementary in Los Lunas, where she says the teachers go above and beyond.

“The results of the PARCC Test are no indication of what this teacher does on a daily basis or the other staff at the school,” Florence said.

Florence filled out a form to opt out and she’s not alone. In Albuquerque more than 450 parents are refusing to let their kids take it. In Santa Fe at least 10 parents have opted out of the test.

Florence said her daughter did take a standardized test last year and she had high scores, which she knows could also help the school’s grade. But, she said she just doesn’t see the point.

“When I did opt out my daughter there were several staff there that were very supportive,” Florence said.

The PED says if more than 5 percent of students at one school opt out of the PARCC Test, the school’s overall grade could be affected.

It also says standardized tests are nothing new. This is just a new and better way to see if each student has learned what they’re supposed to that year.

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