Shorter State Tests in 2015-2016

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:59pm

This move along with new state law reduces overall testing time

The PARCC National Governing Board voted on Wednesday, May 20 to reduce the amount of time students spend on English language arts and math tests at each grade level. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. Multiple states, including Colorado, are part of PARCC.

The Governing Board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, voted to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes for each grade beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, PARCC will consolidate the two testing windows for English language arts and math into one.

The move from the PARCC Governing Board comes on the heels of Governor John Hickenlooper signing into law a bill that reduces testing, which is estimated to result in a 26 percent reduction to testing time at the high school level alone.