Here we go again.....Quite a number of Springboro students have been, or are currently being "told" by their teachers that "they must take" the federal pilot PARCC test that's being given this week. This represents liberal indoctrination at it's pinnacle. As citizens of the U.S., each student has the right to either take this test, or refuse to take it altogether. Springboro Parents, it's up to you to let your children know that their teachers are not hired and placed in classrooms to be manipulaters or provokators.
The pilot PARCC test is meant to assess each student for ...."whether or not they're on track for postsecondary success, to help identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help".
By and large, the previous statement amounts to a heaping pile of horsepuckey. The PARCC tests are a huge invasion of personal privacy. Students receive no education credit for taking the PARCC test. You or your children will never see the results of these tests. The results of PARCC. tests go to Washington DC in order to establish each and every of our students' profiles in Federally-supported "universal" education standards - the absolute disaster better known as "Common Core". Common Core is about universalizing public school curriculum standards, and taking control of curriculum away from local and regional control. shifting that responsibility to the Federal government. Springboro students: ask your parents how effective / efficient they generally believe the Federal Government to be! Texas has made a law rejecting Common Core. Teachers unions in New York state have come out against Common Core and the PARCC test.
Why use Standards rated by the Fordham institute to be lower than 6 States? Why not use standards of Massachusetts, rated by Fordham Institute to be an A whereas, untested Common Core standards are rated as a B? Common core standards are totally untested whereas Massachusetts is tried, tested and proven to be the academic leaders in this country. Does this prove that the agenda is not rigor or raising the bar?
Are you aware that the PARCC consortium (government paid test writers) who receives the data collected from the tests and is under contract to send it directly to the federal government? This data does not go to the State first it goes directly to the federal government; PARCC is required to send it to them. The State of Ohio has no choice and cannot protect this data on our students. The data collected now is minimal but will increase. There are many examples shown in documents now available online. Children will be significantly monitored and measured during testing and privacy invaded with a battery of personal questions.
A message to Boro's students....
Just because lemmings have jumped off the cliff in front of you, doesn't mean you must also make the ill-advised and fateful decision to jump.
When it comes time for your class to take the PARCC tests, if you wish, feel free to politely tell your teacher "No, Thanks". Your teacher is responsible for finding something else for you to do (i.e. study hall).
Immediately ask to see your counselor if your teacher or an administrator attempting to force you to take the PARCC test. Also, immediately ask to see your counselor if you see a teacher or administrator attempting to force the P.A.R.C.C. test onto any of your peer students. If your counselor doesn't give you a satisfactory response, don't be afraid to go to the district website, then simultaneously email the issue to all five school board members.
another been there done that moment! Remember when the public was told that the Students participation in the Pride Survey interrogation into the beliefs of our students and their parents was strictly voluntary?
And how did that work for us?
It didn't work at all, since a parent brought to attention in public board meeting that the Students were forced by staff to take the survey.