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PARCC testing for students raises concerns in Peabody, North Reading, and Revere

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In a sign of a growing resistance to a new standardized test that could replace the MCAS, some educators are giving students the right to skip a dry run of the test now underway in classrooms across the state.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, has raised fears that it overburdens smaller school districts, unnecessarily stresses students, and needs more study before implementation. Even the method of testing — online rather than on paper — is causing concern.

The Peabody School Committee this month voted to allow parents to have their children opt out of taking the pilot test, designed to test educational standards adopted under the national Common Core initiative, which aims to prepare all US students for college and careers. Paul Dakin, Revere’s superintendent of schools, supports Common Core but is “digging deep” for an opinion on PARCC, he said.

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