Educator-built, kid-tested items will better prepare students
The states that make up the PARCC consortium are taking the exceptional step of releasing test questions from this year’s PARCC assessments to give teachers a powerful tool to inform classroom instruction. The release of the test items will give parents insight into the kinds of questions students are seeing on their tests, so assessments aren’t a mystery. The test questions were built with robust mathematics problems and authentic reading passages selected and reviewed extensively by dozens of educators from PARCC states.
Competitive award provides access to high quality educational resources
October 21, 2015 – The Department of Defense Education Activity, the organization in charge of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense, entered into a membership agreement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and will serve as a liaison to the consortium’s governing board.
Washington, DC — The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted Wednesday to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The vote came in response to school district and teacher feedback during the first year of testing and a careful review of the test design.
Cost comes in under projection
Washington, DC — The group of states developing the PARCC tests in English language arts/literacy and mathematics announced Friday it has selected a contractor to continue to develop and implement the summative assessment portion of the tests.
Congratulations to all of our #PARCCready students, teachers, technology coordinators, principals and others for a great job with a historic first – a multistate mostly online test administration to 5 million students. While Ohio and New Jersey had already started, as well as in smaller numbers in Colorado and Illinois, this was the week when things moved into high gear with the addition of Mississippi, New Mexico, Maryland and the District of Columbia.