It’s a breather week for the PARCC states as most states have completed the first window of field testing and are preparing for the second one, which starts May 5. So far, so good. Testing has gone quite well, with nearly a half million students participating so far.
We were recently forwarded an enthusiastic e-mail that made its way from the Lafayette County Elementary school, to the Arkansas State Department of Education that highlights the great work that PARCC states are doing to enrich instruction with technology.
All around the country, educators have come together to celebrate the spirit of collaboration and learning with their peers through projects rooted in the Common Core State Standards. Teachers and leaders in the District of Columbia have been no different.
Last week, members of the PARCC team joined Superintendent Chris Koch for a meeting with the Illinois Business Roundtable, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Advance Illinois, and the Illinois Community College Board to discuss Illinois’ leadership in PARCC and the state’s transition to the PARCC assessments
We are closing out of the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) field test window for most states today. We only had about 5,100 new test takers log in today but our total number of tests completed is over 403,000. See the list below for the total number of tests started by students in each state.
We are heading into the final few days of the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) field test window for most states (Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington, DC will field test later this month). We had nearly 23,000 new test takers log in yesterday, and now have more than 373,000 tests completed. States with the most test takes yesterday include Ohio (3954), Tennessee (3849), and Illinois (3705).
Yesterday was another busy day for field testing, with over 37,000 new test takers logging in. States with most test takers were Illinois (7916), Ohio (6105), and Tennessee (5184) bringing the total number of tests completed to over 335,000!
Last week, I had the great fortune of watching a 6th grade class in Prince George’s County, Maryland, take the computer version of the PARCC ELA/literacy test. I was so impressed with how engaged the students were and how hard they worked on the field test. Just over half of them finished on time, and under half needed extra time; all of them finished by the end of the extra time period.
“This is a huge milestone,” Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester told his fellow schools chiefs from the PARCC state at the start of the quarterly meeting of the PARCC consortium Governing Board in Alexandria, Va., March 31. Chester congratulated the states and thanked PARCC staff for an “overwhelmingly positive” first week of field testing.
10:20 am (ET) – Morning Roundup Yesterday, we passed the 300K mark for PARCC field tests completed! There was over 34,000 new tests started and states with most test takers include Ohio (6727), Illinois (6169), and Massachusetts (5263).