A few days ago, Celia Oyler posted the comments of a teacher who had seen the 4th grade PARCC
exam and included some excerpts and a critique. She pointed out that the reading passages were several grades above 4th. One passage, according to Scholastic, was at an interest level for Grades 9-12, and at a 7th Grade reading level.
Moreover, the questions asked were ridiculously difficult, including one that demanded students "Write an essay that explains the differences in the structural elements between the passage and the poem." Since then, many people have reprinted the post, including at the Daily Kos and elsewhere.
While I was reading the blog post, tremendously appalled, the PARCC folks tweeted this:
I responded this way : @PARCCPlace @JohnKingatED higher standards like asking 4th graders to do "structural analysis" of difficult texts? https://t.co/jQG29pNR5D
This afternoon, I got the following message from Twitter, explaining that they had deleted my tweet because of a claim from the PARCC people that it somehow infringed on the "copyright" of Laura Slover, the CEO of PARCC. The complaint was made by Kevin Michael Days, who calls himself "Assoicate Director [sic], Operations" of PARCC.
Can a tweeted link to a blog infringe on a copyright? I find this particularly offensive, especially as it should be legally required to release every high-stakes exam to the public after it is given. How else are we to find out if its appropriate, flawed, or unfair ?
To add insult to injury, the essays of these poor 4th graders are likely to be scored by computers that cannot distinguish sense from nonsense! What do others think?