District 209 Applauds State Board of Education’s Decision to Replace PARCC Exam with SAT
July 18, 2016 10:06 AM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 applauds the recent announcement by Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams will no longer be required for high school students in Illinois.
The PARCC exams will be replaced with the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, which will also serve as a college entrance exam. This goes along with the Illinois State Board of Education’s decision to fully fund the administration of the SAT to high school juniors rather than the ACT college entrance exam.
"We do think the SAT will provide excellent information on our students on whether they are college ready," said Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for District 209. "The PARCC was a good tool, but it was very demanding to administer. I appreciate the state recognizing that we will get good assessment from the SAT, but not over-testing."
In District 209, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take SAT practice exams in the fall and in January during the school year. Juniors then will take the actual SAT college entrance exam in the spring.
"We support assessments for learning and that are aligned to the honorable work that our teachers and instructional staff perform every day," said Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209. "I believe that this change supports the classroom as an important place in our school."
The PARCC exam has been administered during the last two school years, serving as an assessment tool for schools as they shifted to the Common Core curriculum.