PARCC testing now a part of student admission process

Alex Lopez, staff writer

Starting next school year, JJC and other community colleges will begin to accept PARCC testing for student admission. The test show academic achievement similar to the ACT. The test is also able to place students into college credit classes, depending on the scores a student receives on it.

If a student were to score a 4 or 5, it would show that they are capable of college material they, and are then placed in weighted classes. On the other hand, students who receive a poor score will not get the same opportunity. They’ll be able to submit their ACT scores and see if they have the criteria needed to succeed in college.

With PARCC, students are able to cut down on the amount of remedial classes and placement exams. Also help determine courses for the students to take.

JJC developmental education director Sarena Schott stated, “Performing well on the PARCC test is beneficial because students who score 4 or 5 on their Grade 11 English and Algebra II tests will be placed into college-level English and math courses. As a result, these students will automatically avoid placing into and paying for developmental courses.”

In short, the better you perform on the PARCC test, the better you’ll be in college. The test is after all something to help you understand where you stand in academics. You shouldn’t have to pay for classes that you didn’t even need in the first place.

It is understandable that students are not fond of the, but it is still new and should still deserve a chance to prove its worth. “Common Core State Standards and PARCC are new, so it is too soon to determine the effectiveness of this curriculum and test without examining evidence over a period of time,“ said Schott. Students have said that the test nothing more than a waste of time. Yet it’s hardly been long since it was introduced. Plus, this test is supposed to help make your future better by making sure you end up in the classes you belong instead of getting set back.