A lot of parents are wondering, “What is this new PARCC test and what happened to MCAS?” There’s a nice explanation on the Citizens for Public Schools site.

The PEF was lucky enough to get an early report card on PARCC from the front lines, courtesy of a veteran standardized test taker who prefers to remain anonymous (OK, it's my sixth grade son who just took the test today). Key pieces of feedback include...

"The practice tests are way harder than the actual test."


"I like PARCC better than MCAS because it only lasts two hours and you can actually learn something the rest of the day."

So there you have it:  PARCC 1 - MCAS 0.


Andy Murphy

Random Observer of Standardized Tests