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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace sat down with Parcc Inc. CEO Laura Slover last week to talk about the PARCC assessments and the Common Core State Standards. Check out the entire segment below. 


Thursday, June 11, 2015
By Laura Slover
Last week marked the end of testing in the PARCC states. Nearly five million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia completed more than 17 million online test sessions and a yet-to-be-tallied number of paper test sessions.  This is a remarkable accomplishment. I am in awe of what we have accomplished together – states, higher ed partners, advocates, and educators – on behalf of kids.
But the completion of the first administration is hardly the end of the work.
Friday, May 29, 2015

More than 20 educators from schools and districts in seven states gathered this month to provide feedback and recommendations on the upcoming Test Administration Training Manuals. 

Friday, May 29, 2015
By Laura Slover
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Changes will Consolidate Testing Windows and Shorten Test Time While Ensuring Reliable Results
Washington, DC (May 21, 2015) — The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted Wednesday to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
PARCC test scores could have new meaning for students who apply to and are accepted at Southern Arkansas University. On May 6, SAU joined the ranks of the PARCC Pioneers and formally incorporated the PARCC assessments into its placement policies and practices. PARCC Pioneers are colleges and universities that agree to collect and use scores from the PARCC assessment, along with the information they use in their current placement systems, to assess student readiness for college-level coursework.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Real Learning for Real Life, a group of education organizations in Illinois, recently published a video explaining the PARCC assessment. 
New Jersey teacher Lianne Markus, who is featured in the video, said the following: "Designed by educators and aligned to the rigorous state standards, PARCC not only measures student knowledge but also important skills like critical thinking and problem solving - the skills students will need to succeed in the real world."
The test has a unique
Friday, April 17, 2015

By John K. Jonak

Reflection is a significant part of growth.  At Westmont Junior High School, in Westmont, Illinois, my 8th grade Literacy classes took the PARCC test this past March.  My amazing two 8th grade Literacy teachers understood there was an interesting lesson within the ongoing discussions about PARCC testing in both school and political forums.  Ms. Nancy Bartosz and Ms. Colleen Walsh recognized that their students, being stakeholders involved in this testing process, had an important and valuable voice regarding the PARCC test.  

Friday, April 3, 2015
My experience in my former life as a classroom teacher and, more recently, working with teachers and local leaders in the PARCC states has shown me that a great tool can lead to more than just a shift in the classroom, it can lead to a collective shift in thinking and productive conversations among peers. To date, educators have collaborated to develop a number of great tools, such as the Teaching Channel videos, which focus on connecting good instruction and good assessment.
Friday, March 27, 2015
PARCC for Educators, the first customized learning object, features videos of interviews with educators from the PARCC states—from preparation to implementation to practice. The resource also includes PARCC-related sources for download and the ability to share the videos and resources via social media.
PARCC for Educators is just the first in a series of customized learning objects that will expand to include: PARCC for Parents, PARCC for Students, PARCC’s ELA/Literacy Assessments and PARCC’s Mathematics Assessments.


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