Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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How are teachers supposed to have time for instruction with all the testing required by the state?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments are part of the overall plan for education within the state and are to be used to gauge the success of curricular and instructional change.  The assessment is given in two parts.  The total estimated time for both parts of the test is 8 hours for the lower grades and 9 ½ hours for the higher grades.  Districts have a two-week window for test administration. Additional assessments implemented at the district level are administered at the discretion of the district.  Research has shown that instruction is actually enhanced if there is focused, content-specific assessment at regular intervals with accurate and timely feedback.

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