Friday, November 13, 2015
By David Connerty-MarinThe 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.
“It is great that Louisiana recognizes the value of the PARCC content, which we believe is the highest quality in the country,” said Laura Slover, Chief Executive Officer at Parcc Inc., the nonprofit organization that manages the consortium. “PARCC governing states have led the development of the content over the last five years. And we are now offering states the flexibility they’ve asked for in order to expand participation to as many educators and students as possible. Our goal has always been to improve instruction and assessments for all students, so they can reach their fullest potential.”
Governing states – led by their chief state school officers and numerous educators - have led the development of the program and will retain control of the direction of the consortium and are assured of full comparability from year to year on their state assessments.
PARCC assessments have been developed by states as a comprehensive, yet streamlined assessment system, not simply an end-of-year test. The PARCC system – which includes formative and diagnostic components - provides valuable information to teachers to support individual student needs and to improve opportunities for all students. Earlier this year the states reduced the amount of overall testing time – contributing to the goal of fewer, better tests.
PARCC recently launched the Partnership Resource Center to give educators and administrators critical information about the PARCC assessments and instructional supports, and professional development tools to support classroom learning. These free resources are located at parccresources.org.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop and administer a set of mathematics and English language arts/literacy assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next academic work and, ultimately, in college and their careers. These assessments were designed from the ground up by educators to be different than previous state tests and to evaluate not only knowledge, but also important skills like critical thinking, problem solving and effective communications. The assessments provide critical information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.