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Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Lynn Brabender      

If you were going to design a test score report from scratch, what information would you want to see, and how would you want to see it?

Monday, July 7, 2014

By Laura Slover

There's been a lot of talk in the past week or two about the health of the Common Core and the two groups of states developing assessments to go with the new standards. One particularly amusing headline reads: "Common Core Testing on Death Bed."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The New Mexico State Procurement Office on Wednesday denied a protest by the American Institutes for Research, which had delayed contract work to develop the assessment for next year. The work can now proceed.

Mitchell Chester, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for Massachusetts and Chair of the PARCC states Governing Board issued the following statement:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By: Paul Rafalowski and Char Shryock
Paul Rafalowski is the curriculum coordinator for the South Plainfield School District in New Jersey and Char Shryock is the director of curriculum at Bay Village Schools in Ohio.

Both are members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, which help each state build and expand the pool of educators who understand and are ready for the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and PARCC assessments.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Last week, over 50 higher education and K-12 representatives from 11 states met to participate in a strategy and planning meeting over the course of two days in New Orleans, La. This was the third annual meeting of its kind. Teams pulled together from campus- and state-level leadership dug into their work plans from the last year to focus on expanding faculty engagement in PARCC test development, standard setting, score reporting, and communication efforts about the assessments.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
This week, we wanted to highlight a valuable PARCC-related resource for educators, Achieve the Core. This website launched by Student Achievement Partners, shares free, open-source resources to support Common Core implementation at the classroom, district, and state level.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states working together to create next generation assessments, released a request for proposal (RFP) for an Assessment Delivery System. This RFP will focus on the development of open technology solutions for components of PARCC's Assessment System that will provide PARCC with essential infrastructure for computer-based assessment delivery
Friday, June 13, 2014
By Laura Slover, CEO of PARCC, Inc...A week ago today, the PARCC field tests came to a close for more than one million students in close to 16,000 schools across the country. The purpose of the field test was to test the test items to help ensure the assessments are valid, reliable, and fair. The PARCC states will be reviewing how students answered the test items to make decisions about individual test items this summer and fall. The field tests also gave schools the chance to check their readiness in advance of the test administration in 2014-15. We have already learned a lot from the administration of the field test based on calls we received, requests to the call center, and what we read on Twitter as teachers, students, technology coordinators and others shared about their experiences. We have also received feedback through surveys from approximately 8,700 students, test administrators (generally classroom teachers) and district test coordinators.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Students who require the use of screen reading software can now select a “screen reader compatible” version of each of the PARCC English language arts/literacy performance-based assessment practice tests. This version of the practice test, in planning for over a year, makes it possible for visually impaired students to access the practice test in advance of the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC tests.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Now that the PARCC field test has concluded, the PARCC states are collecting and analyzing feedback from participants on their experiences. PARCC has received approximately 7,750 test administrator surveys; over 1,100 school/district leader surveys; and approximately 80 school/district emails, yielding feedback from over 8,800 school/district sources. To address this great feedback, PARCC will release a comprehensive “lessons learned” report later this summer which will include lessons around both test administration and technology.

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