News and Updates

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Real Learning for Real Life, a group of education organizations in Illinois, recently published a video explaining the PARCC assessment. 
New Jersey teacher Lianne Markus, who is featured in the video, said the following: "Designed by educators and aligned to the rigorous state standards, PARCC not only measures student knowledge but also important skills like critical thinking and problem solving - the skills students will need to succeed in the real world."
The test has a unique
Friday, April 3, 2015
My experience in my former life as a classroom teacher and, more recently, working with teachers and local leaders in the PARCC states has shown me that a great tool can lead to more than just a shift in the classroom, it can lead to a collective shift in thinking and productive conversations among peers. To date, educators have collaborated to develop a number of great tools, such as the Teaching Channel videos, which focus on connecting good instruction and good assessment.
Friday, March 27, 2015
PARCC for Educators, the first customized learning object, features videos of interviews with educators from the PARCC states—from preparation to implementation to practice. The resource also includes PARCC-related sources for download and the ability to share the videos and resources via social media.
PARCC for Educators is just the first in a series of customized learning objects that will expand to include: PARCC for Parents, PARCC for Students, PARCC’s ELA/Literacy Assessments and PARCC’s Mathematics Assessments.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Teachers want all of their students to be familiar with the technologies used on the PARCC assessments so none will be at a disadvantage due to lack of exposure to technology. The technology tutorial is designed to equal the playing field.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The practice tests were developed so that students, parents, and teachers alike - not just those states involved in PARCC testing - can experience PARCC test items as they appear on the tests. 

Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will experience during the real testPO here. Teachers, students, parents and others can engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. 



Monday, March 23, 2015
Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Test Fairness and Security 
The PARCC states are committed to secure testing because fair tests are essential to better preparing the next generation for success.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Performance level descriptors outline the knowledge, skills, and practices that students performing at any given level should be able to demonstrate in each content area at each grade level to signal that they are academically prepared to engage successfully in further studies in each content area, the next grade's material and, later, at the high school-level for students to demonstrate that they are college and career ready.
Be sure to check out the PARCC website for our grade- and subject- specific PLDs and the purposes they serve. 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Have you checked out the Model Content Frameworks lately? Educators and those developing curricula and instructional materials can use these voluntary resources as a companion to the Common Core State Standards. 
The Model Content Frameworks help clarify the standards by illustrating how key content shifts from grade to grade.


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