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Chicago, IL - October 11, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states working together to create next-generation assessments, convened nearly 400 educators in Chicago this week for its bi-annual Educator Leader Cadres (ELC) meeting.
"The PARCC ELC meeting provided me with the latest information about the new assessment tools for Illinois students," said Annice Brave, an Illinois ELC team member and high school English teacher. "I am excited about finally having quality tools to measure what my students know and are able to do. We will have a test that will engage our students and give me a real picture of their readiness for college and career and how well I have done my job."
The Educator Leader Cadres, launched in the summer of 2012 and made up of teams of local and state educators from every PARCC state, meet to share ideas, work on strategies to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and prepare for the transition to the PARCC assessments that will be used widely in the 2014-15 school year. ELC members are taking part in a number of working sessions to tackle a variety of issues - from how to review test questions to learning how to use social media and building communities of practice and engagement.
Laura Slover, CEO of PARCC, said the ELCs have great potential to help educators nationwide implement the new, more rigorous standards and develop the aligned assessments. "The ELCs are a tremendous example of all of the great local educators working hard in classrooms and schools across the PARCC states to make sure this is a smooth transition for students, educators and families," Slover said. "These ELC meetings offer an opportunity for educators to link arms, across states, as they work to implement these new, college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments."
Jessica Moore, an elementary school teacher and Colorado ELC member said, "The work that took place during the ELC meeting in Chicago was some of the most thought-provoking and challenging work that I have been a part of so far in my career. To bring together such a bright and talented group of passionate leaders to discuss how we can collectively raise achievement is inspiring."
Although this set of ELC meetings ends today, the materials and resources produced by the consortium and other invited experts will be posted to the ELC Portal at http://parcc.nms.org and are accessible to any interested members of the public.
For more information about the PARCC consortium, please go to www.parcconline.org.