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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.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Following the success of last year's Twitter Town Hall series, the PARCC states launched monthly "office hours" Sept. 22. The first session, "Back to School: Answering Your Big Questions about PARCC," was a chance for educators to ask PARCC questions as we gear up for the spring 2015 assessments. Click this link for a collection of tweets that snapshot the event.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Here are some of the things that the PARCC states are working on this month.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
This week, Tim Farquer, a superintendent and curriculum director from Illinois, and a PARCC Educator Leader Cadre member, explains how implementing the PARCC assessment system "gives time back to kids."
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
At a meeting in Baltimore last month, teachers and other educators from the PARCC states began the exciting work of developing tools that will help teachers implement the speaking and listening standards in their own classrooms
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ohio universities support Common Core State Standards as a way to prepare high school graduates for success in freshman-level courses.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The PARCC consortium is sharing information that school districts and schools need as they prepare for the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC assessments, including the amount of time they should schedule for each test session, estimated release dates for test manuals and technology guidelines, student registration dates, and when to expect the next round of practice tests. 
 
The information comes just months after the completion of the unprecedented spring 2014 field tests, with over one million students in 16,000 scho

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