Second Year For PARCC Testing In Unit 2 Schools

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This will be the second year that students in Bond County Community Unit 2 will take the PARCC assessment tests.

Test scores from last year were given to parents at the end of the second quarter, with report cards. Superintendent Wes Olson said a letter explaining the new assessment process was given to parents. The test is for those in grades 3 through 12, using the new Illinois Learning Standards to assess English, Language arts, reading and math skills.

Olson said the school wants to remind families that the test is new and comes with a higher standard. He said the scores are going to look lower, but he reminds people not to compare them to what was done in the past. Rather, the numbers should be compared to state averages. Olson said Unit 2 results are in line with those state averages.

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Olson emphasized one cannot compare the PARCC test with previous student assessment tests. The new state-mandated tests are computer-based.

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness For College and Careers.