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My name is Marsha Griffin, and I am an Illinois educator. I am very concerned about the changing landscape of education.  I am appalled that the educational climate no longer focuses on the educational needs of the whole child.  Instead, we are being mandated to teach a curriculum that is not internationally benchmarked, or research and evidence based.  We did not enter into the field of education to become essentially, nothing more than high stakes test proctors.  Yet, that is what we are being mandated to do with the PARCC assessment.

It troubles me that in New York where they implemented the common core early through Race to the Top, that scores on the state assessment went from a 70 percent proficiency rating to a 30 percent proficiency rating on PARCC.  When a child carves stupid on their wrist because of their score on a standardized test, something is wrong. …

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