The state has released the 2014-15 PARCC test results for English and math, grades 3-8.
How did New Orleans do?
- 60% of students scored Proficient (Basic or above); the state was 65%.
- 28% of students scored Mastery or above; the state was 33%.
Compared to other districts?
- New Orleans is ranked 45th out of 69 districts for percent Mastery or above.
- We outperformed 21 districts, and tied with three others.
- We held steady. Last year we ranked 46th; this year we ranked 45th.
Word on the street is that the Governor is supporting efforts to stop the use of PARCC tests next year, and he might even show up at the House Education Committee to testify.
PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers, has worked for 4 years with states, school districts, principals, and teachers to develop tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. If Louisiana abandons the PARCC tests now, it will cost the state millions of dollars and many years to develop an inferior test that would not allow us to compare the performance of our schools and students to the rest of the nation.
— Louisiana adopted the Common Core Standards in 2010, with the Governor’s support.
— The PARCC tests were developed according to the agreement the Governor signed in June 2010, expressly recognizing the states were developing the test and that is was not a federal test.
— PARCC was developed by a consortium of 19 states and the District of Columbia. It is not a federal, one-size-fits-all test. The Governor would never have agreed to a “federal test” in 2010.
Funny … the Governor has a long record of supporting Common Core and PARCC tests.
November 2009: In a press release touting Louisiana’s decision to apply for Race to the Top Funding, which included signing on to the Common Core State Standards, the Governor got it right, saying:
“Our children have only one chance to grow and get the skills they need to succeed. We must take advantage of every opportunity we have to strengthen our education system and provide more opportunities for Louisiana children.”