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Thursday, October 30, 2014

By Laura Slover

Speaking with teachers, school leaders, assessment directors, and other educators directly involved in K-12 education, I am always heartened to see the energy around using assessments to inform instruction. Speaking to the Maryland Assessment Group (MAG) in Ocean City last week was no exception. Maryland educators are excited about this work!

Thursday, October 30, 2014
PARCC is pleased to announce – along with our partner ASCD - the release of iTunes U Common Core Resources collections, designed by teachers for teachers, and free for all educators.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twenty-five school and district leaders from nine states met this month to collaborate on creating draft testing schedules for schools for the spring 2015 test administration. Participants worked in groups, shared feedback, surfaced common issues and identified tools that schools and districts need to help develop their schedules. Several said it was the best professional development they'd participated in in years.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Here are some of the things that the PARCC states are working on this month.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PARCC continued its series of monthly twitter office hours last week with a focus on PARCC's accommodations and accessibility features in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Participants had questions answered by PARCC accessibility experts and shared resources.

In case you missed it, we have archived all of our office hours sessions on our Storify.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sabrina Brown-Robinson, special education curriculum specialist for District of Columbia Schools, stresses the importance of having high expectations for all students including students with disabilities. In this video she discusses how the PARCC assessment system was designed to ensure that all participating students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities, have the opportunity to show what they know and can do.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

By Laura Slover

We talk a lot about the importance of assessments that measure if students are on track for success academically and in college and careers. What we don't do often enough is add the word "all" before "students."

Thursday, October 16, 2014


PARCC recently released the K-2 Model Content Frameworks. The Model Content Frameworks for Kindergarten through Grade 2 - one for mathematics and one for English language arts - were developed by PARCC state representatives, educators, and experts in academic standards and early learning, instruction, and formative assessment. Public feedback from teachers across the states helped to shape the final versions of the frameworks published.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
PARCC will host its monthly Twitter office hours this forthcoming week. Don't miss the opportunity to ask all of your questions about PARCC's accommodations and accessibility features in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.

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