In recent weeks, many students across Albuquerque Public Schools were head deep into the infamous PARCC testing and the stress and pressure is readily felt across campuses and classrooms.
This year, as well as last year, our family made the decision to opt our elementary-aged children out of taking PARCC.
We made this decision not because we consider ourselves to be experts of any type on the matter of standardized testing, but we are reasonably informed regarding the impacts this phenomena has on the bodies and minds of all those impacted – students, families, teachers, administrators, staff, and others.
As a parent and educator I firmly state that I am not against all types of testing. This would be a contradiction to my own teaching over the years. I understand the importance of authentic assessment but disagree with monopolistic testing tendencies that are being forced upon us.