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Thursday, August 21, 2014
In the tradition of providing educators and administrators the tools they need to make a successful transition to the new assessments this school year, PARCC is developing several tools for use during the 2014-15 school year and beyond.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hundreds of educators came to together for a three-day professional development session last month to learn about the Common Core State Standards and participate in professional learning about high quality assessments and their role in implementing high quality standards. This network of teachers, also known as PARCC educator leader cadres, has worked together several times over the last two years to help states expand the number of educators who understand, support and feel ownership of the successful implementation of the Common Core and PARCC assessments.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
We’ve written a lot in this newsletter over the past few months about various aspects of the PARCC assessment system. This week I’m thrilled to be able to include a guest column by an educator who is involved in the less well known process of rangefinding. In this early step in the assessment scoring process, educators like Brian Shimko from Ohio review a sample of student responses to open-ended questions (essays, for example) that PARCC has field-tested, and the teachers use their professional judgment to set the range of responses that are representative of different performance levels (score of 1, 2, 3, for example). Then, the sample student responses and accompanying notes are shared with professional scorers, to help ensure they are consistent in how they score student responses to those test questions. As Brian writes, educators play a critical role in the full scoring process; after all, who better to set appropriate expectations than teachers?
Thursday, August 7, 2014
One of the highlights in PARCC’s Educator Leader Cadre meeting in July, was the "Using PARCC Practice Tests to Raise Rigor and Build Assessment Literacy Skills: Deconstructing PARCC Practice Item" presentation by Char Shryock, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Bay Village Schools in Ohio.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

A few months ago, PARCC launched the first in a series of customized learning objects, often referred to as “CLOs,” to provide educators, parents, teachers and community members additional digital resources to learn about the Common Core and the consortium’s aligned assessment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Like many of my PARCC colleagues, I began my career as a classroom educator. As a high school English teacher, I had the chance to engage students in active discussions about what they were reading and writing – and each day I would try to figure out what they needed to continue to grow, learn and succeed both inside and outside my classroom.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of K-16 educators from all the PARCC states at PARCC’s Educator Leader Cadre meeting last week in Chicago. These teachers, principals, college and university faculty, policy leaders and other educators understand the tremendously important role that high quality assessments play in the implementation of high quality standards and that one can’t happen without the other.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PARCC continued its partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association last week in Chicago, convening teachers for a series of professional development sessions to learn about the PARCC assessments and the Common Core State Standards.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ELA and literacy expert, Dr. Bonnie A. Hain, has rejoined the PARCC team as a Director of ELA/Literacy Content and Instructional Supports after almost a year long absence to support Baltimore County Public Schools' alignment to Maryland's College and Career Ready standards.

Bonnie will help guide the design and development of PARCC's non-summative work, including speaking and listening, diagnostic, and midyear assessments as well as K-2 instructional tools.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Members of PARCC's Colorado Educator Leader Cadre identified “Back-to-School Night” as a key make-or-break moment for getting accurate and helpful information to parents. At back-to-school night, teachers will give parents an overview of the school year, including the new tests their children will be taking. The trouble is most teachers haven’t experienced the new tests yet so they can’t authentically support them. We need teachers to feel confident saying these changes are good for kids.

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