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Howard County schools excel on PARCC exam, as it begins its final year

Howard County schools excel on PARCC exam, as it begins its final year

Howard County schools, which maintained a top performing status on the annual rigorous statewide math and English assessments, will soon tackle a new test.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, known as PARCC, has been criticized as too disruptive and too time-consuming to the school schedule, will be phased out statewide at the end of the current school year.

“Mainly the backlash around PARCC is length … it’s about a seven- to nine-hour assessment when you take the two subject areas,” said Tim Guy, coordinator of student assessment for the school system. “Seven to nine hours of instructional time that is lost.”

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