Keep up with what's happening at PARCC.
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.
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.
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.
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.