Ptacek comments on recent PARCC testing news

By Ryne Turke on August 21, 2015 at 11:57am

The Illinois House and Senate have approved a resolution that reduces the impact of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

According to HJR 54, the results for the PARCC test, which are being used by District 117 through the 2017-2018 school year, will not be used as a determining factor for making decisions about a student’s education opportunities.

The resolution adds that the PARCC testing will not have an influence on evaluation of educators and the allocation of resources based on educational achievements.

District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek commented on the action taken by the Illinois House and Senate.

“I found it ironic that the House resolution was passed and signed by the Illinois State government. This is a test that they have devolved and created. They have mandated that we take this test,” says Ptacek.

“For them to make a statement that they are urging us not to use this as a formal for of data is kind of hypocritical.”

The resolution was officially adopted earlier this month.