Shrewsbury parents say students were ‘punished’ for opting out of PARCC

Shrewsbury parents say that their  children were

Shrewsbury parents say that their children were "punished" for opting out of the PARCC exam and were forced to sit in a room for two hours. (4/13/16)

SHREWSBURY - The parents of a group of elementary school children who opted out of taking the PARCC test say that the students were forced to “sit and stare” in a room while testing was ongoing.

Shrewsbury fourth-grader Samantha Hayes that the she thought that she was being punished when she was taken to the main office of the school while her classmates took the controversial exam.

“We had to sit with our knees fully together, put our arms on our lap and we couldn’t lean back,” she says.

Samantha’s mother Jessica Hayes says that the children weren’t allowed to even read, and had to stare at the window during the two-hour testing period last Thursday.

"It was punishment…they didn’t do anything to deserve this,” she says.

The school superintendent tells News 12 New Jersey that technical difficulties pushed the testing to the afternoon instead of the morning. If the test had taken place in the morning, the students who opted out would have been able to stay home during the morning testing.

The Shrewsbury School District informed parents in advance that students opting out of the test would not have a teaching staff during the test times, but they would be supervised.

Jessica Hayes says that she feels the district was just being spiteful.

"It wasn't right.  If you have a problem with parents not having their kids take the test that's fine, but don't take it out on kids,” she says.

Some organizations fighting PARCC testing say that tactics like this are being used throughout the country to pressure parents to conform.

However, the superintendent denies that claim and says that some parents and organizations are using this as an opportunity to voice their unhappiness for the educational policy. The superintendent also says that the district has no control over the PARCC test because it is state mandated.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One person was killed in a shooting on 1 At least 1 dead in Thursday night Newark shooting
Genesis Rincon was shot and killed by a 2 Man pleads guilty for death of 12-year-old girl
Kane In Your Corner continues its investigation into 3 KIYC: NJSPCA no-bid contracts questioned
Marist High School in Bayonne is not giving 4 Marist High School appeals to Pope in final attempt to stay open
VIDEO: Interview with former Suffolk County Executive Steve 5 VIDEO: Interview with former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Less than half of New Jersey students in Controversial PARCC tests results in

The results are in for the state's first go at the PARCC standardized tests, and

Less than half of New Jersey students college-ready, New test: Most NJ students not college-ready

A new standardized test finds that less than half of New Jersey's public high school

New Jersey delays using PARCC test as graduation NJ delays using test as graduation requirement

Students currently in 9th grade will not have to pass a new standardized test as

New Jersey Senate weighs bills affecting standardized tests Senate panel passes bills affecting standardized tests

A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.