Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By David Connerty-MarinApproximately 60,000 high school students in five states will be taking the PARCC tests during the “fall block” testing session, starting this week. It marks the beginning of the second year of administering the educator-built, kid-tested assessment. PARCC is built on higher standards – meant to challenge students to demonstrate skills that are needed to succeed in college and careers. The testing window for most students will begin next spring.
The group of students that will begin testing this week attend high schools that use “block scheduling,” which is essentially a semester system. Students will be completing their first courses of the year in the next few weeks and are now beginning to take the PARCC assessments. Students participating in the fall block testing window are from five states: Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.
This second year of testing builds on the successful first year administration in which just over five million students participated. The consortium recently took the exceptional step of releasing more than 800 test questions from this year’s PARCC assessments, giving teachers and parents a look into the test. The newly released items are available in the Partnership Resource Center.
A pre-administration manual for the fall block testing is available to school test coordinators and technology coordinators to help them prepare their schools to give the test.