Only a short time after Chicago Public Schools decided to ditch the PARCC tests, another Illinois school district has taken steps to distance itself from the federal exams. Winnetka Public Schools Superintendent Trisha Kocanda issued a cautioning letter to parents regarding the PARCC tests.
Winnetka is far from an average school district. It is one of the most upscale communities in all of Illinois, in fact it made the list of America’s Top 25 earning towns in 2011. Kocanda began the letter by implying that the test may not be beneficial for students and staff:
Dear Community Members, Parents, and Staff:
“There is no doubt that this is an interesting era in public education. I am hopeful that the pendulum will swing back toward center and bring a more balanced approach to improving equity and accountability for school systems. Illinois is currently struggling to find that balance.”
The most damning part of the letter appears to none where she slammed the “excessive rigor” of the test. ‘Rigor’ is an oft-used buzzword used in curriculum training here in Florida and across the country. By stating that the test uses ‘excessive’ rigor, Kinotka is implying that the test will be far more taxing on students than anything most of them have dealt with in the classroom.
A high-profile Superintendent like Kinotka writing a cautionary letter to the entire community is another example of how badly the Common Core is losing support in Cook County, Illinois.
The Washington Post posted an article about the letter which you can read in ithere.
With serious questions arising about how Common Core is data mining our children, southern states and even the city of Chicago are preparing to back out on the federal K-12 standards in education. This is an issue for moderates, liberals and conservatives. Here at Take Back Your Classrooms, we will give you a nonpartisan perspective on this educational crisis and hopefully a way out as well. If enough of us make noise, at the right time, to the right people, then I believe that we can force our lawmakers to remove this cancer from our children’s lives. Join us, and let’s take back our classrooms!