News & Updates
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Competitive award provides access to high quality educational resources
October 21, 2015 – The Department of Defense Education Activity, the organization in charge of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense, entered into a membership agreement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and will serve as a liaison to the consortium’s governing board.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Yesterday, a number of principals from the PARCC states participated in a webinar to discuss what is coming for this school year—including test design changes, score reports and instructional tools.
Bari Erlichson, Chief Performance Officer/Assistant Commissioner from the NJ Department of Education, recapped the first year of the PARCC assessment. Emil Carafa, Principal of Washington Elementary School (NJ), walked participants through some mock score reports and shared his plans to communicate about the report to parents. Principals also got a preview of new, interactive resources for educators and parents.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Join educators from all the PARCC states for the PARCC Fall Preview for Educators webinar series!
PARCC state experts and local leaders will:
- Preview the score report that families and teachers will receive
- Discuss score expectations
- Explain the performance level setting process
- Share new parent resources
- Go over changes to this year’s test administration and new tools for educators
registration is now closed. view the webinars HERE.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Be sure to check out this great column in the Boston Globe yesterday about why Massachusetts does so well economically and is "so smart" – and the connection between the two. In it, Evan Horowitz argues that the state has long recognized that its economic health relies on having a strong educational system. He writes that a strong knowledge economy demands high education standards and points to PARCC as part of the continual push for higher standards.
“Perhaps the biggest education reform currently underway is the switch from one standardized test, MCAS, to another, PARCC. The PARCC exam is specifically tailored for college preparedness.”
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Classroom teachers, principals, college professors, and other educators have been meeting in Denver to engage in one of the biggest events in the PARCC consortium’s history—reviewing test items to begin the process of setting “threshold" or "cut scores.”
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
As teachers and students across the country head back to the classroom, it’s a good time to catch up on what’s been happening with the PARCC assessments, and what’s next in the ongoing effort to implement high quality assessments, and to constantly improve them.