New PARCC testing changes outlook on future online testing

PARCC testing was first introduced in 2014. SHS has volunteered to try the field tests to experience the new test. Many people have given problems that have occurred during the test, raising questions as to think about if the PARCC test is the right choice for future testing. Photo Courtesy: Amy Deng
PARCC testing was first introduced in 2014. SHS has volunteered to try the field tests to experience the new test. Many people have given problems that have occurred during the test, raising questions as to think about if the PARCC test is the right choice for future testing.
Photo courtesy of Amy Deng.

SHS has begun a field test called PARCC that they hope will replace the OGT tests. They chose random classes to take the math and English PARCC tests that consisted of mostly freshmen and a few sophomores.

However, as the test taking continued, many glitches in the system were detected. For example, as a person was logging into their test, the computer would load for a long period of time and delay that person’s time to take the test.

“I personally thought that the test was pointless because some people sped through some of the questions, therefore not taking the test seriously,” said Jiho Choi, 9.

Online testing is used to conserve paper and be more efficient. The problem is, testing on the computer can create problems such as: battery losses, loading issues, and glitches.

“I didn’t enjoy the testing part but I loved the pizza and the opportunity to mix up my school day,” said Caroline Veraldo, 9.

PARCC testing is a nationwide test where schools around the USA hope to be more productive with standardized testing.

“I thought that it was long and boring and I thought I was going to fall asleep,” said Elsa Benson, 9.

Many difficulties have been set forth during the testing causing speculation on if the tests are really the best choice for future testing.