The vote went against the recommendation of Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott and against the wishes of School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo.
PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Voting in favor of moving to PARCC was Hugo, Eric Silverman and Jim Stockless.
Voting against the move right now was Andy Limeri, Don Taggart, Heather Connolly and Michelle Brosnahan.
The high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy provide teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs, according to the PARCC website.After the unexpected 4-3 vote, the School Committee decided to re-vote in the fall on whether to have students take PARCC instead of MCAS exams.
The Commonwealth has set an early application deadline of June 30 for school districts to vote to go forward with PARCC over MCAS for students in grades 3-8. Grade 10 students would still take MCAS.
There is a second deadline Oct. 1, but there is no guarantee that all the slots for PARCC pilot districts will not be filled.
During the public comment period of the meeting, Framingham Teachers Association Co-President Sarah Smith asked the School Committee to pause and not rush to accept PARCC.
Smith described the unveiling of the process to accept these new assessments as "rushed." She said she was worried that the district was not ready technologically.
She said the Association was not against PARCC, justed wanted to "pause the test" to get more information and more training for teachers.
Smith said families also need to be included in the process and made aware of the implications and requirements.
The Brophy teacher and co-union president was not the only teacher to speak at the meeting on PARCC
Barbieri Elementary teacher Tamar Szmuilowic said the teachers have just been given an exciting new curriculum, which is missing a few lessons plans; and now is not the time to add a new assessment (PARCC). She too asked the School Committee to delay their vote and pause on accepting PARCC.
Walsh seventh grade student Ayushi Shirke also spoke about PARCC before the vote. She was one of a small group of student who piloted the test this year. She said there were technical issues with the test, due to wi-fi issues in her building and that made the test stressful for students. She said technology and the layout of the test made it difficult for students to navigate the test. She suggested the Committee postpone its decision to move forward with PARCC.
The FTA also presented a petition of more than 175 signatures from teachers, staff, parents and students asking the School Committee to not vote to accept PARCC by the June 30 deadline.
Feedback from staff is what persuaded Taggart to vote not to move forward with PARCC right now.
Limeri said he did not have enough information and wished the School Committee had more time to gather data and information before the June 30 deadline. He said the fact that staff had issues concerned him.
Hugo argued Common Core is a better curriculum and PARCC a better test and Framingham should move forward now.
Scott said his preference was for Framingham to "dive in" and try PARCC now, as there is a large probability the state will move everyone to the new assessment soon.
The Commonwealth's Board of Higher Education is expected to vote in 2015, if PARCC will permanently replace the MCAS beginning in 2016.