May 9, 2016
More than 100 Baltimore high school students walked out of class on Friday, April 15 and rallied outside the school system headquarters to protest the start of PARCC testing. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing. This testing takes two and a half weeks, during which there will be no teaching or learning. Just testing.
PARCC is big business for the company that provides the test. Baltimore’s program is part of the State of Maryland’s 65 million dollar, four-year contract with Pearson Education. Pearson reported more than 660 million dollars in profit last year.
The students are right to protest!