News & Updates
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Reflection is a significant part of growth. At Westmont Junior High School, in Westmont, Illinois, my 8th grade Literacy classes took the PARCC test this past March. My amazing two 8th grade Literacy teachers understood there was an interesting lesson within the ongoing discussions about PARCC testing in both school and political forums.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
My experience in my former life as a classroom teacher and, more recently, working with teachers and local leaders in the PARCC states has shown me that a great tool can lead to more than just a shift in the classroom, it can lead to a collective shift in thinking and productive conversations among peers.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
PARCC for Educators, the first customized learning object, features videos of interviews with educators from the PARCC states — from preparation to implementation to practice. The resource also includes PARCC-related sources for download and the ability to share the videos and resources via social media.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The PTA guides are available in English and Spanish and are excellent resources for educators to introduce parents to high quality standards and assessments. Take a look at the PTA guide. Follow live PARCC updates via Twitter @PARCCPlace.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Teachers want all of their students to be familiar with the technologies used on the PARCC assessments so none will be at a disadvantage due to lack of exposure to technology. The technology tutorial is designed to equal the playing field.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The practice tests were developed so that students, parents, and teachers alike — not just those states involved in PARCC testing — can experience PARCC test items as they appear on the tests.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The PARCC states are committed to secure testing because fair tests are essential to better preparing the next generation for success. The states contract with a test vendor to search public social media and websites for images or words from live tests, which are copyright infringements and jeopardize the fairness of the test for all students.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Performance level descriptors outline the knowledge, skills, and practices that students performing at any given level should be able to demonstrate in each content area at each grade level to signal that they are academically prepared to engage successfully in further studies in each content area, the next grade's material and, later, at the high school-level for students to demonstrate that they are college and career ready.