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Suspend the PARCC Assessment until more properly administered

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My name is David Kahana, I am 17 and a student at Randolph High school NJ. The PARCC assessment is currently being administered for three weeks in my school, and has been very disruptive to my class environment. Since there are not enough computers for all 1,800 students, the assessment, which was intended to be completed in a week, is being extended to the three weeks. My classes have been increasingly dysfunctional due to the PARCC assessment. Math and English classes are going to be used for the assessment and all the students will only be attending class around four times this month. 

There is no real reason why 95% of students need to take the PARCC. 68.6% of highschoolers in New Jersey go to college and they will be taking the ACTs or SATs. The scores earned by students on these exams can be calculated and used in conjunction with the 31.4% of highschoolers who take the PARCC to provide analytical evaluations. If the PARCC was only required for those students not taking SATs and ACTs, significantly less class time will be wasted and PARCC could be administered over a weekend or after school (in the same way the ACTs or SATs are administered).

The assessments are doing more damage to the education system than benefit. The need for assessment of students is a critical tool for establishing public policy. But the manner in which the PARCC assessment is being carried out is most destructive. A more realistic way of determining the knowledge of students is by the grade they earned. A single assessment is not going to provide enough real data to support new educational policies. 

Many students are simply not going to put in effort, skewing any results obtained from the assessment. This will not only create inaccurate educational policies but will hurt teachers. The PARCC will be used to evaluate teachers, and with the context of students not caring, this will work to hurt many excellent teachers. 

We need to let the teachers teach. The increasing state mandated exams have put the classroom environment off track. The teachers have found it more difficult for the use of creative dynamic teaching styles. Suspending the PARCC is the first step in the direction towards a modern classroom. 

Finally, despite the administration telling the student body that there is no reason to stress out; the act of taking a test is inherently stressful. Taking an exam that covers an entire year's curriculum is mentally taxing. The PARCC is an unnecessary added standardized test in an every-growing number of standardized tests high school students are facing. There has been too much time devoted to preparing and taking standardized or quarterly exams.

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