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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.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
School test coordinators in Prince George’s County, Md., shared their feedback on what worked and what could be improved on the PARCC field test at a recent meeting with PARCC, Inc. staff. Jeff Nellhaus, the PARCC nonprofit’s director of policy, research and design, along with Casey Maliszewski, program associate, shared some of the early lessons learned as a result of the field test and asked for additional information from the almost 150 school test coordinators.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Since late March and into early June, millions of students across the country have experienced something different and exciting. Although the two, state-led Common Core testing consortia—the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced—have been working since 2010 to build these next-generation assessment systems, the tests formally debuted to the field in spring 2014. Perhaps the most exciting part of this debut has been testing the test; educators and students have been providing a formal feedback loop to state leaders who are working to analyze and refine the assessments before they become fully operational in the 2014–15 school year. That said, feedback is only as good as how it’s used—and PARCC states have been taking these lessons seriously.
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.

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