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Do PARCC scores really predict student success?

The Baltimore Sun analysis averaged the 2016 scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career for each school, or PARCC, to produce a single passing percentage. The schools were then ranked on that percentage. (Baltimore Sun video)

A recent article about the PARCC assessment stated that "a score of four is considered passing and indicates that a student will be ready to do college-level work or to get a job that can sustain a family" (“State delays diploma standard,” Oct. 28).

I must ask the reporter, as I do my students: Where is the evidence to support this claim? Why is this unsubstantiated claim stated as a fact, rather than an opinion, like the quote by Maryland State Education Association president Betty Weller questioning the validity of PARCC?

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Biased reporting such as this damages The Sun's credibility and further frustrates educators who are working hard to teach critical thinking in an age of high-stakes testing and "fake news."

Adreon Hubbard

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The writer is a teacher in the Baltimore City public schools.

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