Development of PARCC Assessment Tools Underway

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 3, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today released information about the non-summative components of the PARCC assessment system.  These components are additional tools and resources for students, teachers and parents to support student mastery of the knowledge and skills found in the Common Core State Standards, which will be measured by the PARCC assessment.

The four components are listed below:

The Mid-Year Assessment will provide students and educators the ability to work with constructed response and machine scorable items for formative purposes (students' scores will not be part of their summative PARCC score).  This optional assessment, accompanied by tools to support teachers in local scoring efforts, will be available for states and districts to use in the 2014-2015 school year.  More information can be found here: [LINK]

The K-1 Formative Assessment Tools and the Diagnostic Assessments in Grades 2-8 are being developed to provide teachers instructionally useful information about how well students have learned, or how prepared they are to learn, key content and skills in the CCSS.  The Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for both was released through the Florida Department of Education http://myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.ad.view_ad?advertisement_key_num=107800.  These tools will be field tested in the 2014-2015 school year.  States and districts will have the option to use the assessments in the 2015-2016 school year. More information on the assessments can be found here: [LINK]

The Speaking and Listening Assessments are an important piece to the assessment system and unique to PARCC.  Because the ability for students to proficiently engage in speaking and listening activities is crucial for their long-term opportunities, PARCC is developing this assessment to measure the extent to which students demonstrate an understanding of complex information, ideas, and evidence presented orally and the ability to present complex information, ideas, and evidence effectively in speech.  The procurement for this component will be released in summer 2013.  More information can be found here: [LINK]

The Assessment Professional Development (PD) Modules will be designed to support teachers, school leaders, and school site testing coordinators as they transition to the PARCC assessments.  The five different PD Modules will initially be ready for teachers and school administrators in June of 2014, with additional updates to follow. More information can be found here: [LINK]

For updates to all of this work, visit http://www.parcconline.org/classroom.

To learn more about PARCC, visit http://www.parcconline.org or follow the consortium on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PARCCPlace.

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Media Contact: Chad Colby (202) 419-1570, ccolby@achieve.org

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