PARCC: What it is and why it’s important

By Camila Rodriguez, Michael Sanchez, Angel Reyna and Justin Mendez

A PARCC testing lab sits empty before testing, April 12, at White Mountain Elementary. PARCC is three weeks and one week of makeups, each test is timed. (Photo by Alex St. Louis)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting in March, I (Todd Fuqua) began teaching an after-school journalism class to students at White Mountain Elementary, with the purpose of showing them the realities of writing and publishing. This story and photos are the results of their efforts.

A poster of encouragement in the halls at White Mountain Elementary School. (Photo by Justin Mendez)

PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Collage and Careers) is a test that students in many states take, such as Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico.

Students first take PARCC in 3rd grade and continue through their senior year of high school. PARCC is important because teachers can use it as a tool to know if we don’t understand something.

We take the PARCC so that the school can see our growth and our learning. There are three weeks of testing and one of makeups. There are four tests of math and four tests of reading.

PARCC will count to your graduation from high school. From the beginning of school, all the stuff we learned is put on a computer.

To get ready for testing, fifth graders play in a kickball tournament, and the rest all went to watch. It was a way to relax and have fun, before the big one.

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