Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By PARCCThe following statement can be attributed to Laura Slover, CEO of Parcc Inc., the project manager for the PARCC assessment, regarding Pearson testing errors in New Jersey on April 20, 2016:
We are disappointed by the disruptions in testing that were created today as a result of errors on the part of Pearson. These kinds of mistakes are unacceptable.
The PARCC test is broadly considered the best assessment in the nation not only because of its industry-best capacity to accurately measure academic skills and knowledge, but also because of its superior technical quality. Since PARCC assessments were launched last year, over 17 million online PARCC tests have been successfully administered without disruption, including the 2.5 million tests this spring.
Mistakes like the one that occurred today are indefensible. It is important to us that these tests be administered in a way that eliminates avoidable disruptions and inconveniences, and earlier today, leaders from New Jersey and Parcc Inc. delivered that message to Pearson in the strongest possible terms.