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Common Core faces another quarrel – over new tests

  // Saturday, 02 August 2014 04:05 //

In a red-brick school administration building here, parents and community members are listening to a panel discussion about the new Common Core-aligned test coming this year – and, in most cases, venting disapproval.

The new test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, “is hurting children. It’s too stressful,” says Cynthia Curcio, an interior designer whose grandson took part in the PARCC field test this year.

In Massachusetts, districts have the ability to go with the new test or stick with the old, and the next day, the Saugus School Committee voted unanimously to reject PARCC.

While most of the rhetoric has been around the Common Core standards themselves, both advocates and opponents of the standards agree that the new tests – which debut this school year – are just as important.

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