Edwardsville River Bender: PARCC Opt Out


By John Gregory

March 26, 2015

Chaos is how parents and state legislators describe the current policy for kids who choose not to take the state’s new standardized test.  When kids opt out of taking the PARCC test, what they do during testing time varies between school districts. State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) compares not having a statewide standard to thinking abstinence-only sex education will stop teenagers from having sex.

“What we’re saying is well, we don’t think that opt out should be happening, so we’re just going to pretend that it’s not happening, and have no any policy at all.”

Guzzardi has introduced a bill that would allow parents and guardians to opt their kids out of testing, and require schools provide some sort of supervised instruction to those students.

Without no statewide standard in place, Guzzardi says he’s heard stories of schools not allowing kids to do anything other than “stare at a wall” while their classmates take the PARCC.