Tuesday, March 24, 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.
Monday, March 23, 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.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The PARCC states are committed to secure testing because fair tests are essential to better preparing the next generation for success. The states contract with a test vendor to search public social media and websites for images or words from live tests, which are copyright infringements and jeopardize the fairness of the test for all students.
Wednesday, March 18, 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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Have you checked out the Model Content Frameworks (MCF) lately? Educators and those developing curricula and instructional materials can use these voluntary resources as a companion to the Common Core State Standards.
Monday, March 16, 2015
In case you missed it last fall, The PARCC consortium is developing online training modules to help teachers, school leaders, and testing coordinators understand the new PARCC assessment system and put the high-quality assessments to work for them and their students.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
More than two million PARCC test sessions have now been completed online in the 11 states and the District of Columbia, which make up the PARCC consortium. The milestone was reached shortly before noon today EST.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
As the week begins, more than 1.5 million test sessions have been completed in nine states. Well done students and teachers!