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This week, a group of approximately 30,000 high school students are the first to take the PARCC assessment in six of the PARCC states: Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, and Rhode Island. This group of students attends schools that use "block scheduling," which is essentially a semester system.
More than 30,000 high school students will be the first to take the PARCC assessments this week. PARCC assessments will be administered to about 5 million students in spring 2015. More than 1 million students participated in a field test of the PARCC assessments last spring.
PARCC Field Test: Lessons Learned, a report released today, shows that the spring 2014 field test of the PARCC assessments went well, that PARCC states used feedback to make adjustments and improvements, and that the testing experience for students was largely positive – for example, they were successful with keyboarding, understood directions, and found the computer-based tests engaging.
By Laura Slover
Last week Fordham announced it will be doing a study of the PARCC assessments and two others for their alignment to the Common Core standards.
Katrina Santner, program associate on the summative assessment team, has been busy working with educators from the PARCC states on developing new test administrator and coordinator manuals and making other preparations for the upcoming fall block and spring test administrations. In this video, she talks about the importance of educators utilizing the resources provided by PARCC.
The third edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual is now available on the PARCC Accessibility, Accommodations and Fairness page.
By Laura Slover
Speaking with teachers, school leaders, assessment directors, and other educators directly involved in K-12 education, I am always heartened to see the energy around using assessments to inform instruction. Speaking to the Maryland Assessment Group (MAG) in Ocean City last week was no exception. Maryland educators are excited about this work!