Wednesday, July 9, 2014
If you were going to design a test score report from scratch, what information would you want to see, and how would you want to see it?
A group of teachers, administrators and parents from across PARCC states met last week to answer that question. During a two-day meeting, they identified the qualities and functions that an ideal score report would provide to parents, teachers, districts and states. The exploratory design session was the first step in a three-phase process to ensure PARCC score reports deliver the right information to parents, teachers, and administrators in the most effective way possible.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PARCC assessments will provide timely information about student performance that will allow teachers and parents to identify student needs and adjust instruction to meet those needs. Collecting this data will make it possible for districts to see how their schools do over time, and allow teachers to figure out what’s working so they can adjust instruction.
The PARCC states are highly committed to protecting student data and privacy. The consortium has taken a number of steps, including adopting a data privacy and security policy, to ensure the information gathered is used for the sole purpose of measuring student progress.
To underscore their commitment to the privacy of student data and dispel any myths about the federal government accessing data from assessments, education chiefs in the PARCC states joined with chiefs from across the country in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
They reminded Secretary Duncan that states have never submitted student-level assessment data to the U.S. Department of Education in the past, and they confirmed that the transition to new assessments should not cause anyone to worry that federal reporting requirements will change.
Simply put, neither states nor the PARCC consortium will share any personally identifiable information about K-12 students with the U.S. Department of Education or any federal agency.