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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.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Teachers want all of their students to be familiar with the technologies used on the PARCC assessments so none will be at a disadvantage due to lack of exposure to technology. The technology tutorial is designed to equal the playing field. Students can run through the tutorial using a school’s devices and become confident in using the technologies prior to taking the PARCC assessments.
The technology tutorial provides online instruction in how to use the PARCC assessment technology and functionalities.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The practice tests were developed so that students, parents, and teachers alike - not just those states involved in PARCC testing - can experience PARCC test items as they appear on the tests. 

Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will experience during the real testPO here. Teachers, students, parents and others can engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. 

Monday, March 23, 2015
Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment.


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