PARCC Launches Twitter Town Hall Series

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  Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist (@deborahgist) to host inaugural chat using #askPARCC hashtag


WASHINGTON - May 31, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today announced a series of Twitter town halls to answer questions on the new, computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  The PARCC assessments currently being developed by a 22-state consortium are designed to replace existing state tests.  They will first be given in the 2014-2015 school year.  

The PARCC series of Twitter town halls will start on June 5 with Rhode Island Education Commissioner and prolific tweeter Deborah A. Gist (@deborahgist).  Questions can be asked by using the hashtag #askPARCC with Commissioner Gist responding to tweets between 6-7 p.m. ET.  Commissioner Gist is a member of the PARCC Governing Board.


This first chat will focus on general PARCC questions and subsequent town halls will focus on more specific issues, such as questions from teachers, mathematics and English language arts content, higher education, technology and upcoming PARCC releases.  All Twitter town halls will use the #askPARCC hashtag.


The first three are scheduled for:


When                                   Topic                                                     Host(s)

Wednesday, June 5        PARCC 101                                     RI Education Commissioner Deborah

6-7pm ET                                                                              Gist (@deborahgist)


Thursday, June 13         PARCC Mathematics                       Doug Sovde, Director, PARCC

6-7pm ET                                                                              Instructional Supports and Educator

                                                                                             Engagement, Achieve (@dougsovde)

                                                                                       PARCC state Content Experts (TBA)


Thursday, June 20         PARCC English language arts/       Bonnie Hain, Senior Advisor, English Language

6-7pm ET                             literacy                                   Arts and Literacy, Achieve


                                                                                          PARCC State Content Expert(s) TBA



Information about PARCC's July and August Twitter town halls will be announced in mid-June.


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