News and Updates

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The PARCC consortium is sharing information that school districts and schools need as they prepare for the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC assessments, including the amount of time they should schedule for each test session, estimated release dates for test manuals and technology guidelines, student registration dates, and when to expect the next round of practice tests. 
 
The information comes just months after the completion of the unprecedented spring 2014 field tests, with over one million students in 16,000 scho
Friday, September 19, 2014
Based on results from the student survey from the spring 2014 field test, and what we have been told by test administrators and other field test observers, students found the assessments more engaging and said they had a generally positive experience with the field test. They like the computer-based platform, and found it easy to use.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Did you know that assessments are an integral and important part of instruction?
Thursday, September 18, 2014

PARCC is made up of states working together to develop new high-quality, computer-based assessments of student learning. While PARCC states together are setting some common policies, many key decisions about the assessments rest with individual member states and local school districts. As a result, these policies may vary from place to place within the PARCC network.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
PARCC states voted unanimously to make the Speaking and Listening portions of the assessment optional.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
PARCC states are beginning development of another feature – one that will allow students to draw freehand. That would give students one more tool for solving problems and showing their understanding.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
PARCC states have been busy! In addition to the usual flurry of back-to-school activity, states are busy preparing the information schools and school districts need now to get ready for the spring 2015 assessment (and, for a small group, the high school fall block assessments). Here are a few of the things we are working on, with significant input from educators in the states.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
PARCC Model Content Frameworks are now available for kindergarten, first and second grades. Model Content Frameworks are voluntary resources meant to be used as a companion to the Common Core State Standards to help educators and those developing aligned curricula and instructional materials.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We have gathered a list of our favorite PARCC resources for educators. Each resource is paired with a brief description to ensure that educators can quickly locate important information about PARCC.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Following on the success of last year's Twitter Town Hall series, the PARCC states will launch monthly "office hours" beginning in late September. The goal of these office hours is to provide a set time for informal conversation and resource sharing between PARCC staff members and educators in the field.

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