Keep up with what's happening at PARCC.
Twenty-five school and district leaders from nine states met this month to collaborate on creating draft testing schedules for schools for the spring 2015 test administration. Participants worked in groups, shared feedback, surfaced common issues and identified tools that schools and districts need to help develop their schedules. Several said it was the best professional development they'd participated in in years.
Here are some of the things that the PARCC states are working on this month.
PARCC continued its series of monthly twitter office hours last week with a focus on PARCC's accommodations and accessibility features in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Participants had questions answered by PARCC accessibility experts and shared resources.
In case you missed it, we have archived all of our office hours sessions on our Storify.
Sabrina Brown-Robinson, special education curriculum specialist for District of Columbia Schools, stresses the importance of having high expectations for all students including students with disabilities. In this video she discusses how the PARCC assessment system was designed to ensure that all participating students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities, have the opportunity to show what they know and can do.
By Laura Slover
We talk a lot about the importance of assessments that measure if students are on track for success academically and in college and careers. What we don't do often enough is add the word "all" before "students."
PARCC recently released the K-2 Model Content Frameworks. The Model Content Frameworks for Kindergarten through Grade 2 - one for mathematics and one for English language arts - were developed by PARCC state representatives, educators, and experts in academic standards and early learning, instruction, and formative assessment. Public feedback from teachers across the states helped to shape the final versions of the frameworks published.
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.