Schools begin new PARCC assessments
Schools across Illinois are ushering in a new assessment system designed to better gauge how well students are prepared for the next grade level and, ultimately, for success after high school. Starting March 9, most third- through eighth-graders and some high school students across the state began taking the first of a two-part assessment completely aligned to the new internationally benchmarked Illinois Learning Standards.
“This is a significant shift,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This is not the test most parents faced while in school nor is it similar to assessments Illinois students took a year ago. This is a test designed from the ground up to reflect the demands of the new learning standards and their emphasis on not just mastering content but being able to demonstrate and apply critical thinking to real-world issues.”