News and Updates

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The PARCC states have released mathematics performance-based practice tests.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TestNav version 8.2 and corresponding apps (iPad, Chromebook and Android) were successfully deployed and all TestNav-based resources (practice tests, tutorials, and sample items) now include 8.2 functionality.

This is the last major TestNav release prior to spring test administration. Minor updates may be made to TestNav to address some issues identified during final user testing, but will not impact infrastructure trials or set-up processes.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Grade 11 English Language Arts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
This week, we have an example of a Grade 4 mathematics test question. This is from the late-spring “end-of-year” portion of the test, which consists of innovative, short-answer questions and items to measure concepts and skills. We asked Doug Sovde, PARCC’s mathematics content director, to walk us through the task
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bonnie Hain, PARCC’s Director of English Language Arts/Literacy Content, talks about the involvement of educators in the rigorous process of reviewing test items to make sure they are aligned to the standards and will be fair to all students.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Every PARCC test item starts with the standards and then goes through a rigorous review by more than 30 people, including teachers and other educators from the PARCC states. At any point, a test item might get sent back to be rewritten – or thrown out altogether. Follow the multiple steps every item goes through before making it onto a PARCC assessment.
Monday, January 5, 2015
The PARCC states agreed to break the test into smaller sections in order to measure different kinds of knowledge and skills and to give students adequate time to show what they know and what they can do.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Fourth graders at Springbrook Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island, are eager and motivated by technology and are getting ready for the PARCC tests.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Like many of their colleagues across the country, Matt Mingle, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and John LaPierre, the Coordinator of Technology for Madison (NJ) Public Schools, are getting ready for the transition from paper-and-pencil to computer-based testing. In this article, they outline some of the steps they are taking to make this process as smooth as possible for their students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

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