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Thursday, November 13, 2014

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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The third edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual is now available on the PARCC Accessibility, Accommodations and Fairness page. This manual is a comprehensive accessibility policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC performance-based, and end-of-year assessments provide valid results for all participating students.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
With all of the preparation for the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC summative assessments, it’s easy to forget that PARCC will actually make its debut in just a few weeks.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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!

Thursday, October 30, 2014
PARCC is pleased to announce – along with our partner ASCD - the release of iTunes U Common Core Resources collections, designed by teachers for teachers, and free for all educators.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Here are some of the things that the PARCC states are working on this month.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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.

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