For all the changes that the state’s new PARCC testing has wrought for New Jersey’s public schools, one constant has prevailed: a wide and deep achievement gap.PARCC is a test, one of two (the other being Smarter Balanced) designed around the Common Core standards. It's a test. How can a test improve scores or improve the achievement gap? All a test can do is identify the deficiencies, it can't fix them.
The Christie administration yesterday released the school-by-school test scores from the second year of the new online testing last spring, and like the statewide scores released this summer, they should be mostly good news for schools.
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Statewide, there were gains in passing rates in virtually every grade and most of the subgroups. Yesterday, state officials said nearly half of the students in many grades moved up a full tier in performance.
Nonetheless, the gaps in performance between students from families with different incomes or of different races have clearly persisted and even may have even widened in some cases under PARCC.
The couple minutes I spent reading that article? I want those minutes of my life back.