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Friday, August 22, 2014
As part of the field test administration this past spring, the PARCC states collected feedback from participants, including students, test administrators, test coordinators and classroom teachers. This is the third in a series of articles that will culminate in a release of a complete “Lessons Learned” in September.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Following an initial review of the PARCC field test and the overall test design by a group of experts from the PARCC states PARCC will reduce the number of passages and items in the English Language Arts/Literacy End-of-Year test.
Friday, August 22, 2014

By Laura Slover

As a high school English teacher I was constantly assessing (informally and formally) what my kids had learned and what I needed to teach or re-teach differently.  In my experience, assessing is just part of teaching. Assessments are not a break from instruction – they are an integral part of instruction. 

The PARCC states have embraced this belief, too: that high quality assessments and high quality standards go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other. In fact, high quality assessments are tied to quality instruction.

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.

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