Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE – Responding to parent and student concerns about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-Valencia, Bernalillo, Thursday challenged Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to take the PARCC exam to find out if they can pass it.
PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera
All public school students in New Mexico grades 3-11 are required to complete the new computerized test beginning next Monday and lasting all week.
“I am challenging Gov. (Susana) Martinez and Secretary (Hanna) Skandera to take the PARCC test themselves – no prepping or cheating – to find out if they can pass it,” Sanchez said. “Legislators have heard the parents, the teachers and the students who are impacted by this controversial high-stakes exam. It is no laughing matter when you have to take the exam yourself.”
PARCC is a new all-computerized, standardized test being put to children statewide, taking nine hours over several days to complete. Its purpose is to measure students’ proficiency in math, reading and writing.
Parents, teachers and students have criticized the test for being unfair, and taking too much time away from classroom instruction.
Elsewhere in the U.S. states now are putting moratoriums on using the results of PARCC assessments to make key decisions affecting students, teachers and schools, including student placement, opportunity to graduate, and school evaluation.
Sanchez said if the pair pass the PARCC test successfully, he will treat them to breakfast burritos. If they fail, however, Sanchez challenged them to spend a full day in a 3rd grade classroom assisting teachers.