Maryland Takes on PARCC Fiscal Agent Role

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Maryland Takes on PARCC Fiscal Agent Role; 

States Gear Up for Spring 2014 Field Test  

 

Washington, D.C. - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers announced today that Maryland has committed to taking on the role of the assessment group's fiscal agent, in which the state will play a leading role in managing the finances of the state-led consortium starting on January 1, 2014. 

Florida previously held that role within PARCC, which is made up of 18 states plus the District of Columbia. Florida and Maryland are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. 

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery said Maryland educators and policymakers are committed to their new role as fiscal agent for PARCC.  

"Maryland is strongly committed to the success of PARCC, as demonstrated by our willingness to take on the role of fiscal agent on behalf of all the PARCC states," Lowery said. "The PARCC assessments will help support Maryland students, allowing educators to measure student learning facilitated through the Maryland College-Ready and Career-Ready Standards compared to other states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards." 

Meanwhile, fourteen PARCC states, plus the District of Columbia, are preparing to conduct field tests of the PARCC assessments, beginning in March 2014, to ensure the tests are of the highest quality and can be administered smoothly when rolled out statewide in the 2014-15 school year. 

"We have excellent participation from states and are moving forward expeditiously to field test the PARCC assessments starting with more than 1 million students in thousands of classrooms across 14 states plus the District of Columbia next spring," said Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester, who chairs the PARCC Governing Board. 

In addition to Washington, D.C., the states conducting PARCC field tests are: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. 

"We are pleased to be participating in the Spring 2014 PARCC Field Test - and have asked PARCC to expand the sample of our students involved because we believe that this experience will be good for children in Burlington and across the state," said Eric Conti, Superintendent of Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. "The Burlington Community has generously provided us with the technological resources to expand our Field Test to include all students. We are also lucky to have talented people working in the district who are willing to learn from this experience and to share this knowledge with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and across Massachusetts." 

"Colorado is moving forward with its plans to conduct PARCC field testing," said Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond. "We believe that the field testing will be a good opportunity for students and teachers to get a first-hand look at how the new tests will work before the official tests begin." 

PARCC also has released sample test items across the grades in reading, writing and math and is encouraging parents and educators to review them online at http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

For more information about PARCC, please visit www.parcconline.org.
  
Media Contact: Lesley Muldoon (202) 419-1550 or lmuldoon@achieve.org       

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