Student testing time for the state mandated PARCC test has been reduced from four weeks to just one week because Homewood District 153 is now able to give the test with paper and pencil. Kathy Schaeflein, director of curriculum and instruction, said the district applied for a waiver so that the test no longer has to be administered by computer. The test will be given in early April. Students will be given a section of the test each day over five days. The test includes three sections of English/Language Arts and two sections of math. Test . . .