Here is a five-minute video about the growing test refusal movement, called “The Other PARCC — The Other PARCC – Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing.” PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests for accountability purposes.
“The Other PARCC,” by Michael Elliot, a filmmaker whose children attend public schools in New York City, gives voice to parents about the dangers to public education of high-stakes standardized testing.
Among the people at the premiere this week in Montclair, New Jersey, was Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and lawyer who is one of the parents interviewed for the film. She wrote this about the film on her blog, Parenting the Core: “One of the key takeaways for me … is how many people from all walks of life have united together to protest the destruction high-stakes tests are forcing on our schools.”
She also wrote that “the test refusal movement is far more than a few discontented “white suburban moms,” a reference to a comment Education Secretary Arne Duncan made in 2013 about Common Core testing opponents. “People from across the economic, racial, and political spectrum are uniting to speak out against the destructive “reforms” that are decimating our public schools,” she wrote.
Here’s the Michael Eliot film, “The Other PARCC.”