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Thursday, January 7, 2016
By Callie Riley

Did you know that parents and teachers can view PARCC test items from last year's test? Almost 850 of the test questions are online in the Partnership Resource Center. The list of resources there can be pretty daunting - especially for someone who is not a teacher. 

This guide is designed to help you easily navigate the test questions and related materials, including sample student responses to open-ended test questions, such as writing tasks, that received high scores and lower scores. The student responses also include annotations that give parents, teachers and students specific guidance on how student work is scored.


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Monday, December 7, 2015
By PARCC

Based on student test scores: what kids need to learn and how parents can help

PARCC states have partnered with GreatSchools to launch the GreatKids Test Guide for Parents, a new resource to assist parents in helping their children prepare academically for college and careers, and for the next grade level. The guide can be found at UnderstandTheScore.org, a website dedicated to helping parents better understand their children’s scores, and also on the PARCC website in the Parent Resources section.

“GreatSchools helps families be more engaged in their children’s education by providing them with valuable tools to help continue learning and growth at home,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education. “New Mexico, PARCC and GreatSchools share the same goal — helping all students reach their full potential.”
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Thursday, December 3, 2015
By Marti Shirley

With PARCC results coming in, teachers are wondering how to interpret the score reports, and how to explain the results to parents who ask for guidance. Fortunately, the reports are easy to read and provide useful information for students, teachers and parents.

FullSizeRender 1 copyEach student will be given an individual report for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics tests that describes his or her current level of performance and their abilities in subcategories. In the classroom, my students will be reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses, and identifying their personal needs. As a teacher it is important to look at the sub claims and see areas where your students overall may have struggled; knowing this will allow you to provide more opportunities for students to practice and learn these skills. For my own students, I anticipate needing to focus more on mathematical reasoning, as historically my students haven’t had to justify and explain their answers in math.
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Monday, November 30, 2015
By PARCC

Parcc Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new executives:

Helene Duvin copy copyHelene Duvin recently joined Parcc Inc. as Chief Strategy Officer and will focus on the strategy for making high quality PARCC content available to as many states, districts, and students as possible. In addition, she will lead the development and implementation of tools to support teachers, including diagnostic assessments and other instructional supports. Duvin comes to Parcc Inc. with a 25-plus-year track record of success in the specialized areas of educational assessment and educational technology, encompassing business and product development, marketing, and strategy leadership. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Sales for Pacific Metrics, and previously served in leadership roles with other testing companies.

image gallery copyDr. Lisa Ehrlich is the new Senior Director of Summative Assessment and will concentrate on the ongoing development of the PARCC summative assessments. Ehrlich has more than 20 years of experience in the assessment industry, including experience with client and program management and the operational oversight of test development, publishing, distribution, data analysis, psychometrics, and reporting functional units. Prior to joining Parcc Inc., Ehrlich held a number of positions at Measured Progress, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Client Services. She also held management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation and has taught at Boston University and Lesley University.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By PARCC

Laura Bay, president of the National Parent Teacher Association, recently took part in a 14-station radio tour to help parents understand their children’s score reports and learn how they can support their children in improving academically.

“I’m here to encourage parents to check out the resources, to check out the score reports, and to have a conversation about how their child did on the PARCC assessments,” Bay told WBZ in Boston.
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Friday, November 13, 2015
By David Connerty-Marin

The Louisiana Department of Education will use PARCC content in its statewide assessment during the 2015-16 school year. Louisiana has awarded a contract to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to develop its statewide tests. PARCC items will comprise just under half of the test content.
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Friday, November 13, 2015
By PARCC

Screen Shot 2015 12 04 at 4.41.10 PMPARCC sample score reports are now available in the 11 languages, including English, that are most commonly read by parents of students in the PARCC states. The sample reports are available for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments at all grade levels, making it easier for all parents to understand their children’s academic progress. The sample score reports are now available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Navajo, Haitian, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The translated reports are available on the PARCC website.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
By PARCC

PARCC governing board announces new, flexible model to meet needs of more states

States that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are expanding their offering in to allow more states to participate in the nations premiere assessment system.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By David Connerty-Marin

Approximately 60,000 high school students in five states will be taking the PARCC tests during the “fall block” testing session, starting this week. It marks the beginning of the second year of administering the educator-built, kid-tested assessment. PARCC is built on higher standards – meant to challenge students to demonstrate skills that are needed to succeed in college and careers. The testing window for most students will begin next spring.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By David Connerty-Marin

Educator-built, kid-tested items will better prepare students

The states that make up the PARCC consortium are taking the exceptional step of releasing test questions from this year’s PARCC assessments to give teachers a powerful tool to inform classroom instruction. The release of the test items will give parents insight into the kinds of questions students are seeing on their tests, so assessments aren’t a mystery. The test questions were built with robust mathematics problems and authentic reading passages selected and reviewed extensively by dozens of educators from PARCC states.
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