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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Following the success of last year's Twitter Town Hall series, the PARCC states launched monthly "office hours" Sept. 22. The first session, "Back to School: Answering Your Big Questions about PARCC," was a chance for educators to ask PARCC questions as we gear up for the spring 2015 assessments. Click this link for a collection of tweets that snapshot the event.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Here are some of the things that the PARCC states are working on this month.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
This week, Tim Farquer, a superintendent and curriculum director from Illinois, and a PARCC Educator Leader Cadre member, explains how implementing the PARCC assessment system "gives time back to kids."
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
At a meeting in Baltimore last month, teachers and other educators from the PARCC states began the exciting work of developing tools that will help teachers implement the speaking and listening standards in their own classrooms
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ohio universities support Common Core State Standards as a way to prepare high school graduates for success in freshman-level courses.
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.

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