News & Updates
Thursday, May 19, 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.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Students are given an unfair test environment when anyone posts active test questions on the internet – whether the test is PARCC, the SAT, or any other exam. Because of this, states rely on Parcc Inc., a non-profit organization, to help ensure that every student who takes a test does so on an even playing field without any unfair advantages or disadvantages, and this requires that copyrighted materials be closely guarded.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The following statement can be attributed to Laura Slover, CEO of Parcc Inc., the project manager for the PARCC assessment, regarding Pearson testing errors in New Jersey on April 20, 2016:
We are disappointed by the disruptions in testing that were created today as a result of errors on the part of Pearson. These kinds of mistakes are unacceptable.
The PARCC test is broadly considered the best assessment in the nation not only because of its industry-best capacity to accurately measure academic skills and knowledge, but also because of its superior technical quality. Since PARCC assessments were launched last year, over 17 million online PARCC tests have been successfully administered without disruption, including the 2.5 million tests this spring.
Thursday, April 14, 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.
Friday, February 26, 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.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Two recently released independent studies found the PARCC assessment to be one of the strongest systems to assess student readiness for college and careers. The studies, conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (elementary and middle school) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO, high school) are just the latest in a string of independent studies that have found PARCC to be a national leader in quality assessments. PARCC received the highest marks possible for measuring of students’ mastery of English language arts, the highest ratings for measuring vocabulary skills, and highlighted PARCC’s use of evidence-based questions. PARCC also scored highly in many other areas.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The state education leaders that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have voted to continue the process of preparing for the long term future of state assessments and expanding access to high quality test content to all states, while maintaining quality and comparability.
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.”
Thursday, December 3, 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.