Payton Freshmen: Be  More Than an 896

IMG_8296        The success around Payton continues to glorify the numerical and statistical achievement of its students. The admitted class of 2020 has yielded an entrance exam score of 896 – a score four shy of “perfection.”  

        Out of all selective enrollment high schools, Payton is last in regards to opt-out rates. Northside had one of the highest Selective Enrollment opt-out rates, meaning that their students spent that time preparing for classes instead of partaking in PARCC. The hour spent administering the test threatens a student’s ability to adequately learn class material with shortened class schedules during the testing week.


What is the PARCC?

PARCC- the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness – is yet another standardized test administered by the state.  Administered to third through eleventh graders, the test is “used” to measure student’s growth of readiness for college. The usefulness of the test is still unclear, for the only standardized test that affects enrollment are the NWEA (used for high school admissions) and the SAT (college admission).

How to Opt-Out?

In order to opt-out, you exercise your legal right to tell the administrator, either verbally or through a written note from your parent (optional) that you will not be partaking in the PARCC and have arrived with proper materials to self-occupy.

Will there be repercussions?

Both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have threatened to withhold school funding with opt-out rates above five percent. However, these threats have amounted to zero dollars cut to schools’ budgets directly related to the student opt-out, with ten percent of CPS students opting out last year.

“CPS insists that children will not be punished for refusing the tests.” http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/parcc-test-no-opt-out-policy/

It has been reported that Payton students who opt-out, will attend PED Talks during the duration of the test.

*Contact mmmata@cps.edu with any further questions or trouble with opting-out*

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