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Leaders Weigh in on New PARCC Scores

College & Career Readiness | 11/12/2015

Kate Dando Doran
Director of Marketing and Communications

Kate is director of marketing and communications.

Educator, Parent, and Stand CO leader Weigh in on New PARCC Scores

Denver, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Education today released the statewide results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test which is aligned to our new rigorous standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Stand for Children Colorado today released statements in response to the results from educator Jessica Moore, parent MiDian Holmes and Stand Executive Director, Jeani Frickey Saito.

“As a teacher, I have seen firsthand the positive impact Colorado’s new standards are having in my classroom. Our new tests provide me with a tool to better gauge how students are doing reaching those standards. I am confident that our students will rise to the levels of expectation that we have now set and their test scores will help me establish a new baseline for my own classroom teaching in order to ensure my students are adequately prepared for their learning ahead,” said Jessica Moore, 5th grade teacher, Platteville Elementary School, Weld County and Member of PARCC Educator Leader Cadre

“I graduated from my Colorado high school with a 4.36 GPA and when I got to college I was devastated as I was faced with remediation. The education that I received did not prepare me for a higher education. Now as a mother, I am doing everything I can to make sure that my three children receive a great education that not only prepares them for college, but positions them for a successful future. As a parent, it is important that I have multiple resources that will keep my children on track, year over year, so that I can be certain that they will be ready for college. This is why I believe in the changes that Colorado has put in place with the Colorado academic standards and new tests.” MiDian Holmes, Parent of 3, Denver, Colorado

“The results released today show us that we still have work to do until we have every child on track to be ready for college and career, and that’s ok. Colorado’s new rigorous academic standards are intended to ensure that students are getting the 21st century skills that will prepare them for success after high school. Every student deserves the opportunity to thrive in college and the workforce, and aligned assessments simply measure their progress toward that goal. In time, teachers will be able to see precisely how their students are doing, and where specific interventions must be made. Too many kids’ lives depend on these critical skills.  We can’t afford to turn back now.” Jeani Frickey Saito, Executive Director of Stand for Children Colorado

This past spring, Colorado students took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests. In addition to Colorado-developed science and social studies assessments, CMAS includes the PARCC test which is aligned to Colorado’s standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. For more information, please visit http://stand.org/colorado/action/smarter-tests-colorado

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