Friday, December 2, 2016
For the second year in a row, the PARCC consortium has released a new batch of authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessments for grades 3 through 8. The test items, which are actual questions and subject-matter examples from last year’s assessments and can be found on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), are designed to provide students, teachers, and parents with unparalleled transparency about the tests and to serve as a resource to prepare for the upcoming spring assessments.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Over the past year, a diverse range of studies have highlighted that PARCC assessments are of the highest quality in the field, endorsed by the country’s top educators, aligned to nationally recognized standards for educational achievement, predictive of college readiness, and accessible to students with physical disabilities and those who are learning English as their second language.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
With multiple recent studies highlighting the extreme costs of college remediation, both financially and as it pertains to higher-education success, Kentucky has announced that it will accept PARCC scores at Level 4 and above as sufficient proof to exempt a student at any of their public colleges or universities from having to take remedial coursework.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
A first-of-its kind study finds that PARCC assessments accurately measure a student’s “college readiness,” noting that a student who meets the college-ready scores on the tests are on track to succeed in post-secondary education.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
North Elementary School in Des Plaines, Ill. took the PARCC assessments last week, and third grade teacher Lindsay Santiago used her Twitter account to share her students' successes, struggles, and pride in completing their first PARCC assessments, all in their own words. Ms. Santiago, who has taught elementary school in Illinois for 16 years, the last 14 in Des Plaines, says her students are naturally optimistic to begin with, but that she has instilled in them the importance in taking pride in their work and in these assessments.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Top educators from Illinois and Maryland are taking to the airwaves to promote student participation in this year’s state assessments. Steve Elza, 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and Josh Parker, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year, are being featured in audio news releases that are running across the two states beginning this week.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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.
Monday, December 7, 2015
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.”
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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.
Each 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.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Parcc Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new executives:
Helene 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.
Dr. 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.