Valarie Strauss at The Washington Post released a letter written in February by Steve Kramer, who is superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Ohio, to Ohio State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross about his concerns with PARCC and AIR tests in Ohio.
Here is an excerpt.
I am profoundly concerned that (PARCC and AIR Tests) are neither relevant nor important to the high quality instruction Madeira City Schools has been proud to provide for over 80 years.
State and Federal legislation regarding high stakes testing has been enacted with little or no regard to best educational practice. Public school districts have been given no option but to administer these tests as mandated by law. And yet, many of our parents are now seeing first hand the amount of time that these tests are taking and questioning the over all value of the tests. I would tend to agree with them.
You can read the full letter here.