Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent of Schools Frank Gargiulo sat down with Hudson County View last night to discuss his thoughts on the controversial PARCC test, voicing his dissatisfaction with the test since it “profiles” poor school districts, as well as the way the test scores are used to make rankings.
PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a test administered on a computer to measure the skills of students K-12 in math and language arts/literacy.
Additionally, Parents have the option of opting their child out of PARCC testing.
“The first thing, when I think about the PARCC testing, is the amount of time it’s going to consume in a teacher’s, a kid’s life,” Gargiulo told Hudson County View.
“The second piece of it is how it’s used. All standardized testing, if it’s used as a method to help kids: I’m all for it. The problem with that type of testing is it’s used to rank states, to rank schools, to rank counties, to rank districts and the cities always get the last part of that.”
Later, Gargiulo said that PARCC testing, like other standardized testing, favors wealthy districts – going as far as to say “it profiles the poor [school] districts.”