We have supported PARCC over the years, but even we have to admit that it hasn’t worked remotely as promised. All the advantages of a multi-state test have evaporated (we, New Mexico and the District of Columbia are the only remaining PARCC states). The tests have proven cumbersome to administer, disrupting school schedules and instructional time for weeks on end every year. And the results have never come remotely quickly enough to be used to tailor interventions to individual students or even schools. We only just learned, for example, which schools in Baltimore City posted strong gains on PARCC scores last year and which didn’t, which limits the district’s ability to spread best practices in time to help this year’s crop of students. And the cumulative effect of PARCC on top of other assessments — particularly at the high school level, where students at a minimum must also take biology and government assessments to graduate and potentially take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, the SAT, the ACT and more — was clearly too much.