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[Susan notes: This is one great letter by a Massachusetts teacher whose wisdom has appeared on this site before.]

Published in New York Times
11/28/2015

To the editor

Re: Massachusetts̢۪s Rejection of Common Core Test Signals Shift in U.S.

I am a Massachusetts public-school teacher, and I take issue with the way your article characterizes the opposition to Parcc in my state.

First, the article dramatically underestimates the breadth and depth of educator opposition, which was evident in the testimony of hundreds of educators at hearings throughout the state this year, and in the number of teacher, administrator and parent organizations formally opposing the test and supporting legislation that would impose a three-year moratorium on the high stakes associated with standardized tests in Massachusetts.

Second, the article attributes our objections to concerns about the role of tests in teachers' performance evaluation, but evaluation is secondary to a host of other concerns about this test: We find the Parcc test items ludicrously confusing, we don̢۪t want a for-profit entity assessing our children, we think the time and number of personnel required to administer Parcc is absurd, and we have grave concerns about how to fund the technology requirements of this new testing system.

Karen Engels


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