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Stand for Children Oklahoma responds to state pulling out of PARCC

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Another education advocacy group is weighing in on the decision by state Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi to pull Oklahoma out of testing with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, also known as PARCC.

Brian Hunt, the executive director of Stand for Children Oklahoma, said Oklahoma still needs to test children at the same level as other states.

“Without a test that allows for comparability with other states – a central goal of the Common Core – measuring academic performance against a common set of rigorous expectations for college and career readiness will not be met,” Hunt said. “While it looks as if PARCC may not be the answer in Oklahoma, we must demand a quality assessment that truly gives parents peace of mind that their children are learning what they need to be ready for college and beyond.”

About 3 in 4 people in a recent Stand for Children Oklahoam poll said they support Common Core State Standards.

“The Common Core State Standards that were voted on by the Oklahoma Legislature and adopted by the Oklahoma Board of Education in 2010 empower local Oklahoma educators to set high expectations for what Oklahoma students need to learn to be ready for college and career,” Hunt said. “Superintendent Barresi’s decision doesn’t change that, and pulling out of PARCC should not be used as a tactic to delay implementation of Common Core State Standards already underway in hundreds of Oklahoma schools.”

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Carrie Coppernoll

Carrie Coppernoll is a columnist and reporter. She was named the top personal columnist in Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010 by the Associated Press and Association of Newspaper Editors. She was also named the 2008 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma... Read more ›