Study Commission Interim Report: A Fight for Our Vision

An excellent summation of one of the biggest problems in education today. A problem that government has created. A problem that should not even exist…because the answer is standing in front of the room. “We have the ultimate assessment system already working in our classrooms. It’s called the teacher.”

Dear PARCC, Can We Talk?


This is the first in what I hope will be a series of regular contributions by guest bloggers on this site. This was written by Justin Escher Alpert, an attorney from Livingston, New Jersey. I’ve met Justin briefly a couple of times now, and I came across this piece in a Facebook group. I am sharing it here with his permission.

Dear Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC):

The reason that you failed… the reason that parents across the country are rising up and organizing against your standardized test… it is not a matter of a bad roll-out… it is not a matter of bad PR. The reason that you failed is philosophical… Your standards did not account for real-world innovation.

Let’s together take a look at an actual PARCC Sample Question from the Grade Three Mathematics Practice Test:

“A library has 126 books about trees.

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