Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Laura Bay, president of the National Parent Teacher Association, recently took part in a 14-station radio tour to help parents understand their children’s score reports and learn how they can support their children in improving academically.
“I’m here to encourage parents to check out the resources, to check out the score reports, and to have a conversation about how their child did on the PARCC assessments,” Bay told WBZ in Boston.
Friday, November 13, 2015
PARCC sample score reports are now available in the 11 languages, including English, that are most commonly read by parents of students in the PARCC states. The sample reports are available for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments at all grade levels, making it easier for all parents to understand their children’s academic progress. The sample score reports are now available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Navajo, Haitian, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The translated reports are available on the PARCC website.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Yesterday, a number of principals from the PARCC states participated in a webinar to discuss what is coming for this school year—including test design changes, score reports and instructional tools.
Bari Erlichson, Chief Performance Officer/Assistant Commissioner from the NJ Department of Education, recapped the first year of the PARCC assessment. Emil Carafa, Principal of Washington Elementary School (NJ), walked participants through some mock score reports and shared his plans to communicate about the report to parents. Principals also got a preview of new, interactive resources for educators and parents.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Join educators from all the PARCC states for the PARCC Fall Preview for Educators webinar series!
PARCC state experts and local leaders will:
- Preview the score report that families and teachers will receive
- Discuss score expectations
- Explain the performance level setting process
- Share new parent resources
- Go over changes to this year’s test administration and new tools for educators
registration is now closed. view the webinars HERE.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Be sure to check out this great column in the Boston Globe yesterday about why Massachusetts does so well economically and is "so smart" – and the connection between the two. In it, Evan Horowitz argues that the state has long recognized that its economic health relies on having a strong educational system. He writes that a strong knowledge economy demands high education standards and points to PARCC as part of the continual push for higher standards.
“Perhaps the biggest education reform currently underway is the switch from one standardized test, MCAS, to another, PARCC. The PARCC exam is specifically tailored for college preparedness.”
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Classroom teachers, principals, college professors, and other educators have been meeting in Denver to engage in one of the biggest events in the PARCC consortium’s history—reviewing test items to begin the process of setting “threshold" or "cut scores.”
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
As teachers and students across the country head back to the classroom, it’s a good time to catch up on what’s been happening with the PARCC assessments, and what’s next in the ongoing effort to implement high quality assessments, and to constantly improve them.
Friday, July 10, 2015
NPR aired a story Tuesday by Claudio Sanchez on standardized tests and how they are scored. Parcc Inc. communications director David Connerty-Marin talked about how educators review material.
Friday, July 10, 2015
This past April I was a member of a bias and sensitivity review panel for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), in Denver for three days. The purpose of the panel was to review draft PARCC test questions for possible bias and insensitivity. The group consisted primarily of K-12 educators and higher education administrators, as well as a few teachers from all across the United States.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
The PARCC states have released mathematics performance-based practice tests. These practice tests add to the resources available to teachers, schools, students and parents so they can gain familiarity with the types of questions and the computer platform.
Below is a schedule of the versions of the practice tests and when they will be available.
- Grades 4 & 7, Algebra I: Posted
- Late June: Remaining grades
English Language Arts/Literacy
- Braille-ready file: Mid-June
Additional mathematics and English language arts practice tests, including large print, screen reader and Braille versions are available. These include:
PARCC would like to provide additional guidance to support student practice and exposure to the online assessment, given the practice opportunities that are currently available.
PARCC has two assessment components, Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and End of Year (EOY). There are similar item interactions, item types, and functionality across these two components. The only major difference in functionality is the text entry box, which is used for constructed response items in the PBA component.
For students who use braille or screen reader software on the English Language Arts/Literacy EOY component, students can practice on the PBA component, as the only difference in item types would be the removal of the text entry items.
For students who use braille or screen reader software on the Mathematics PBA, the students can currently practice with screen reader accommodated versions or .BRF files on the Mathematics EOY. As a note, the Mathematics PBA component differs from the released EOY component by the additions of the constructed response items. For the braille format, PARCC will be releasing one .BRF file in each grade band (grade 4, grade 7, and Algebra I) to allow students to practice answering the open ended items in Mid-March. For the screen reader format, PARCC recommends that students use the English Language Arts/Literacy PBA to practice entering responses in the text entry box. This will provide students with exposure to the functionality and how it will work on test day. Please see the scribe protocol for details.