Massachusetts, long considered the most successful state when it comes to education, released their PARCC scores….

You may remember that Massachusetts was always the state at the top of the NAEP, which is considered the nations report card. You may also remember that when considered as a separate unit in the PISA, Massachusetts had one of the highest scores for any geographic region….

Yet a state doing this well in education, suddenly upon taking the PARCC now has  fewer people proficient than did the previous state testing which was handled by Massachusetts itself…

This does not mean the PARCC is harder.  This proves all along what we have said.  The PARCC is stupider… The entire reason for outrage against the consortium tests is that they unnecessarily create roadblocks to learning.   Whereas one can easily do fractions using single digit denominators to prove one knows how, the PARCC requires the same calculations using weird congruities not seen in the real world like 13/17ths when doing the math.  This creates unnecessary headaches without any gain of knowledge for the student…

This simply means that the PARCC is not an good indicator of student abilities.   Whereas the older system made Massachusetts one of the top educational powers in the world, using the PARCC is like putting carpet tacks on the 100 yard running track and asking Hussein Bolt to run across it… Then crow that your test was more challenging because scores were lower, like his times, than before……

If there ever was a test designed solely to make large numbers of children fail, it is this one.

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