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Standardized Testing, Assessment, Education


Assessment in Pk-12 schools has always been a challenge. Measurement and comparison of students, schools, school districts and states provides accountability for all stakeholders in education. Standardized testing has become the norm, but it is overused. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is one test adopted on a large scale to measure whether students are prepared for college and career. Parents are one of the stakeholders who had had concerns about another standardized test, but they also recognize the need. A survey was conducted of parents whose children took PARCC to learn their expectations of the test, how the results measured to their expectations, and what they wished the results could provide. Parents were mixed regarding their perceptions of the usefulness of the results, The authors provide suggestions for future standardized test adoption.