The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) is a test that is taken all around the United States. The PARCC is an assessment that is supposed to measure the students’ readiness for college and a career. The test is given to students from third to twelfth grade.
In recent years many students and their guardians have argued that PARCC is an unnecessary assessment, and add that it just stresses students and puts too much pressure on them. This is especially true, since Albuquerque Public Schools has required for students to pass the PARCC in order to graduate. Students all over APS have stated that they dislike the idea of a test determining whether they get a diploma and go to college. Others say that test scores should not define them and that instead of having so many tests, they should spend the time letting teachers do their jobs and teach the curriculum.
In an article written by Chris McKee and Lysee Mitri in KRQE News 13 they stated that during the recent years of 2015 and 2016, many students partook in a walkout and protested the PARCC, with an estimate of 900 to 1,000 students participating. This shows how much the student population dislikes this test. For 2018, PARCC has been scheduled to start April 6-May 11, 2018 for 9-11 graders. For more information contact Albuquerque Public Schools or visit their website at http://www.aps.edu/assessment/assessments-dates-and-plans .