Chicago Public Schools faced many issues during testing week with students opting out and parents and teachers boycotting the test. Berwyn schools however have heard no fuss about testing and are set to pilot a new standardized assessment.
Some Berwyn students will be taking the The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test instead of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test the week of March 10-21.
“The PARCC test is the test that all the students of Illinois will be taking next year,” said Jane Bagus, the assistant superintendent for the South Berwyn District 100.
The ISAT will be phased out next school year, and replaced by the PARCC test.
According to Bagus, Berwyn volunteered and was chosen to pilot the new test.
“We have to one-to-one computers for our students, so we’re a great district to pilot it,” said Bagus.
The PARCC test is a computer based assessment. The district earned the Apple Distinguished Program Award f0r its one-to-one computer program which provides each student with access to an iPad or MacBook.
The state designated which Berwyn schools and classrooms will be piloting the test. Komensky Elementary’s fifth grade is one of these classrooms.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to see what the new test and assessment holds for our teachers and students,” said Bagus.