As part of the Race to the Top program, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $330 million in September 2010 that will strengthen the hold that the federal government and special interests have on K-12 curriculum content, increase the frequency of standardized tests, diminish the importance of traditional classroom tests, and further marginalize the role of parents and teachers. Ohio has joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
This assessment program has the stated goals of:
- Developing new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core Standards
- Testing students four times a year from third grade through high school
- Providing “ongoing feedback to teachers during the course of the school year” as well as measure annual student growth.
The PARCC was given $170 million by the U.S. Department of Education. PARCC consists of the District of Columbia plus 24 states that include AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, IN, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI and TN.
According to the Department of Education, PARCC will “replace the one end-of-year high stakes accountability test with a series of assessments throughout the year that will be averaged into one score for accountability purposes” (emphasis added)
New York – Memorandum of Understanding with PARCC
PARCC’s Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Dept of Education
Yes, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career also had to apply for and agree to the terms of the U.S Dept of Education’s Race to the Top assessment stipulations.
PARCC’s Additional Application for Funding for Member State Implementation Assistance
That’s right, Education Secretary-Arne Duncan, unilaterally decided the only way to ensure a successful project was to put himself and the Feds in charge