Test scores are due out this week for Rhode Island public school students who took the PARCC, a new standardized test linked to the Common Core standards for math and English. Rhode Island is part of a group of states that piloted the test last year.
Earlier this year millions of students took PARCC for real in about a dozen states. Roughly 75,000 students in Rhode Island took the test from 3rd grade to high school. Their scores will be the first glimpse at how the new test is working, and how Rhode Island compares to other states.
Education officials have warned the scores may be disappointing. They are painting the first score release as a "baseline" to measure progress from this year forward.
Some parents exempted their children from taking PARCC due to concerns about the difficulty and length of the test. Some states have dropped out of the PARCC consortium and even supporters have acknowledged the test may be too long.
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