Thursday, March 12, 2015

PARCC Evictions

My classroom has been taken over by PARCC testing for the next few days.  The original testing plan called for my classroom to be used for the entire PARCC testing window, which in my state runs from early March until early May (to allow for both the PBA and EOY assessments).  When I took a survey of my fellow ESOL ninjas at my recent department chair meeting, this seemed to be the norm as they all told me that they received their PARCC eviction notices and had to look for a new space to teach, plan and complete other work related tasks in.  My colleagues were in awe when I triumphantly explained how I put my foot down to this plan and came out on top.

As stated in a previous blog post, I am not territorial about my classroom space. However, expecting me to give it up for two months was a bit over the top.  I explained to the testing coordinator, vice-principal in charge of testing and the principal that I have no problem giving up my space, but that it must be equitable.  The primary justification in moving me was that my classroom was going to be dedicated to setting up a mobile lab. I pointed out that a mobile lab is just that and can be moved from classroom to classroom as needed.  In the end, it was decided that I would give up my space to allow a sixth grade class that usually meets in a temporary classroom outside to take the test as the Internet signal in my room is more reliable.  We will simply switch classrooms for the five days that his class takes the PARCC.

I'm curious to see how other ESOL ninjas are being impacted by PARCC, Smarter Balance or other state assessments.  Feel free to comment below.

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