Changes coming to the Illinois PARCC test

Changes coming to the Illinois PARCC test

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced it will be remaking its PARCC exams to make them more useful and shorter.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers initially had problems from with parents complaining the PARCC test was too long for students grades 3 through 8. Complaints from parents led to an opt-out movement that kept students from getting tested.

Administrators also complained saying the exams took away from instruction.

Jackie Matthews with ISBE said now the board wants to retain and build on the test to create a new computer adaptive format modifying how exams are scored to make sure results are quick for both educators and families.

Schools could see changes as early as next spring.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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