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Friday, February 20, 2015
This week marks the launch of the spring 2015 PARCC, with more than 100,000 students starting tests this week in Ohio, one school district in Illinois, and a handful of high schools starting in New Jersey today. With the exception of a few glitches, all is going relatively smoothly.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Over the past month I got to be a part of developing a new series of customizable resources developed by educators for educators.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
As students progress through the course of study, teachers will scaffold questions to prepare students to gather ideas for written compositions.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Schools in at least five PARCC states (Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, New Mexico, and Maryland) have conducted or are in the process of conducting infrastructure trials. Infrastructure trials simulate test-day conditions and are an opportunity to confirm that a school’s local network and devices used for testing are configured appropriately. This is a “dress rehearsal” to confirm that TestNav, the student testing platform is configured correctly, devices at the school can successfully run TestNav, the school network is sufficient to handle all of the computers (or proctor-caching is in place), and that staff know what to do.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
One of the key shifts in the standards is the focus on development of academic vocabulary (words that have widespread use across the disciplines). An instructional consideration for teachers is to select and focus on academic vocabulary words that clearly connect to central ideas and themes in a text. While students closely read texts, they can think about how vocabulary words have a larger impact in understanding other elements of the passage.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The PARCC states have released English language arts/literacy end-of-year practice tests for all grade levels in both the computer-based format and as PDFs to print out on paper. These follow last week’s publication of the math performance-based (PBA) component practice tests.
Friday, January 30, 2015

The PARCC states have released mathematics performance-based practice tests for all grade levels in both the computer-based format and as PDFs to print out on paper. These practice tests add to the resources available to teachers, schools, students and parents. They help increase familiarity with the types of questions, the format of the questions, and the computer platform and paper forms.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

 

This is item 9 from the recently released Grade 7 mathematics performance-based practice test. It requires students to express a real-world, multi-step problem in mathematical terms. This is known as mathematical modeling. The content for this problem is from Grade 6, so that students can focus on demonstrating their ability to model, which is the purpose of this item.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The PARCC states have released mathematics performance-based practice tests. These practice tests add to the resources available to teachers, schools, students and parents so they can gain familiarity with the types of questions and the computer platform.
 
Below is a schedule of the versions of the practice tests and when they will be available.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

“Determining their ranges of capabilities is what truly help informs instruction," says Bonnie Hain, PARCC's Director of English Language Arts/Literacy Content. In this short video, Bonnie explains why it’s ok that some of the test questions seem difficult. “The test is designed to allow struggling students to show what they know and they are able to do but also gifted and talented students and every student in between.”

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