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Thursday, June 12, 2014
A coalition of more than 200 university leaders from 33 states launched this week in support of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments. “These Standards are good for our students, our states and our country. We must have students that are college- and career-ready in order for the United States to continue to compete and win in the 21st Century global economy” said Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York and chair of the National Association of System Heads.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The PARCC consortium’s first open source code component has been posted. In 2012, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers jointly commissioned a technology readiness tool to support state and local education agencies in evaluating and determining what technology and infrastructure upgrades they would need for the new online assessments.
Monday, June 9, 2014
More than one million students completed field tests last Friday, after nine weeks during which students participated in a trial run of the new tests developed by PARCC member states.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Higher education representatives from nearly every public institution in New Mexico gathered this week in Albuquerque to jumpstart a stronger collaboration with K-12 on using the PARCC assessments to prepare more students to enter into and succeed in college. The New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Higher Education Department hosted the meeting, which was organized by the New Mexico PARCC Higher Education Leadership team.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
By Laura Slover...This week I attended the Education Writers Association annual summit in Nashville and made a short presentation about how the PARCC test items are different than the typical test items of the past. For a while now, reporters have been explaining to their readers that the Common Core assessments go beyond multiple choice and require critical thinking, writing and the use of evidence. But what do the test items actually look like?
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The National Council of La Raza, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the Hunt Institute hosted a three-day session earlier this month on preparing English learners for college and careers. The event included policy leaders from each of the 16 SREB Board states, and California, Illinois and New York. The sessions focused on understanding and addressing the challenges facing the English learner community and why addressing these challenges should be a key piece of education policy agenda.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Educators from 14 PARCC states convened in Mesa, Ariz., earlier this month for the first PARCC mathematics rangefinding meeting. For this meeting, the 66 educators were organized into grade-level committees of up to eight educators each to review and discuss student responses on open-ended field test items or items that cannot be programmed for computer scoring.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This week, we wanted to highlight a valuable PARCC resource for educators: evidence statements and tables. The evidence statements and tables are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards and may be useful in demystifying the design of the assessments for educators. They can help guide teachers as they plan lessons and create classroom assessments for their students.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The second window of field testing started on Monday. Calls to the call center are lower than they were during the initial field testing window, possibly due to greater familiarity with the testing platform and greater preparation by schools as we were able to share more information and lessons learned.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
By Laura Slover...A few weeks ago I wrote about the “lessons learned” from the first field test window that ran from late March through early April in the PARCC states. The overall sentiment was that while the field tests have gone well so far, we need to continue to focus on what drives the PARCC work day in and day out: creating high quality processes that lead to high-quality practice and products. Feedback from the field has helped us identify where we should tweak directions for clarity, what constituted good preparation in schools and how to better tackle questions and problems as they arose.

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