The District 205 PTA Council
Welcome to the District 205 PTA Council Website!
The Elmhurst District 205 PTA Council is comprised of the Presidents from each of our local PTA's, plus York High School's PTSA.
The PTA Council provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information between all of our groups, we disseminate Illinois and National PTA updates, we sponsor an annual community forum with the District 205 Board of Education, we organize an annual open house of summer camps for children, and hold an annual fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships for York High School graduating Seniors.
by Carol Snyder, Emerson and Churchville PTA Legislative Representative
In 2010, along with 45 other states, Illinois adopted a set of educational performance standards known as the Common Core. Consequently, new next-generation assessments that more accurately measure student performance have become necessary. So, the Illinois State Board of Education, led by State Superintendent Chris Koch, decided that Illinois should join a multi-state consortium - the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
This consortium developed what is known as PARCC Assessments, a common set of computer-based K-12 tests in English language arts and math aligned to the Common Core standards. Superintendent Koch serves on PARCC's Governing Board. PARCC Assessments will replace current state assessments (ISAT, PSAE and eventually the ACT) in grades 3-11 at all Illinois public schools beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
The adoption of PARCC Assessments for Common Core standards is somewhat controversial. Numerous bills have recently been introduced to the Illinois General Assembly attempting to delay the Common Core and PARCC. If successful, delaying PARCC Assessments would allow Illinois time to more fully evaluate the increased funding demands and monitor the development of other assessment models, such as Smarter Balanced and ACT Aspire.
Following are a few highlights:
PARCC Assessment Impact Highlights
• More rigorous test fully aligned to Common Core standards.
• Significant testing time increase in grades 3-11, e.g., 5th graders test time will double.
• Expanded PARCC testing window conflicts with high school AP exams, final exams and ACT.
• ACT will be eliminated as part of the State-mandated assessment model.
• Colleges and universities use ACT, but not PARCC, as a key admissions metric.
• Testing timeline outlined by PARCC consumes roughly 80% of available high school days during 4th quarter.
• Nearly all of District 205 computer resources will be dedicated to testing during two 4-week testing windows.
Suburban Chicago Superintendents' Recommendations In Response to Impact
• Delay implementation of PARCC at grades 9 and 10 for two years.
• Indefinitely delay PARCC at grade 11 until accepted as a college admissions exam.
• Retain school-day funded ACT in grade 11 during delayed implementation period.
• Monitor development of other assessment models aligned to Common Core.
• Confirm state funding for PARCC and ACT.
Note: Superintendent Koch has not yet responded to these recommendations.
Please familiarize yourself with this critical issue and consider contacting your legislators to express your opinion.
PARCC Related Resources
Illinois State Board of Education FAQ on PARCC
30 Suburban Chicago Superintendents Deliver Position Paper and PARCC Presentation to ISBE
PARCC Data Privacy & Security Policy
Read about uses for personally identifiable student and family data which may be provided to contractors, research firms, PARCC, the state and (if legally required or with state approval) the federal government.
Related Bills introduced to Illinois General Assembly:
Bill SR0638 Common Core Standards - delay
Email your State Senator (e.g., Kirk Dillard or Don Harmon) regarding this bill.
Bill HR0543 Common Core Standards - delay
Email your State Representative (e.g., Patti Bellock or Kathleen Willis) regarding this bill.
Illinois residents may use the following tool to look up and email their legislators:
Posted by: Melea Smith