News & Updates
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Top educators from Illinois and Maryland are taking to the airwaves to promote student participation in this year’s state assessments. Steve Elza, 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and Josh Parker, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year, are being featured in audio news releases that are running across the two states beginning this week.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Two recently released independent studies found the PARCC assessment to be one of the strongest systems to assess student readiness for college and careers. The studies, conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (elementary and middle school) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO, high school) are just the latest in a string of independent studies that have found PARCC to be a national leader in quality assessments. PARCC received the highest marks possible for measuring of students’ mastery of English language arts, the highest ratings for measuring vocabulary skills, and highlighted PARCC’s use of evidence-based questions. PARCC also scored highly in many other areas.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The state education leaders that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have voted to continue the process of preparing for the long term future of state assessments and expanding access to high quality test content to all states, while maintaining quality and comparability.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Did you know that parents and teachers can view PARCC test items from last year's test? Almost 850 of the test questions are online in the Partnership Resource Center. The list of resources there can be pretty daunting - especially for someone who is not a teacher.
This guide is designed to help you easily navigate the test questions and related materials, including sample student responses to open-ended test questions, such as writing tasks, that received high scores and lower scores. The student responses also include annotations that give parents, teachers and students specific guidance on how student work is scored.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Based on student test scores: what kids need to learn and how parents can help
PARCC states have partnered with GreatSchools to launch the GreatKids Test Guide for Parents, a new resource to assist parents in helping their children prepare academically for college and careers, and for the next grade level. The guide can be found at UnderstandTheScore.org, a website dedicated to helping parents better understand their children’s scores, and also on the PARCC website in the Parent Resources section.
“GreatSchools helps families be more engaged in their children’s education by providing them with valuable tools to help continue learning and growth at home,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education. “New Mexico, PARCC and GreatSchools share the same goal — helping all students reach their full potential.”
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
With PARCC results coming in, teachers are wondering how to interpret the score reports, and how to explain the results to parents who ask for guidance. Fortunately, the reports are easy to read and provide useful information for students, teachers and parents.
Each student will be given an individual report for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics tests that describes his or her current level of performance and their abilities in subcategories. In the classroom, my students will be reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses, and identifying their personal needs. As a teacher it is important to look at the sub claims and see areas where your students overall may have struggled; knowing this will allow you to provide more opportunities for students to practice and learn these skills. For my own students, I anticipate needing to focus more on mathematical reasoning, as historically my students haven’t had to justify and explain their answers in math.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Parcc Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new executives:
Helene Duvin recently joined Parcc Inc. as Chief Strategy Officer and will focus on the strategy for making high quality PARCC content available to as many states, districts, and students as possible. In addition, she will lead the development and implementation of tools to support teachers, including diagnostic assessments and other instructional supports. Duvin comes to Parcc Inc. with a 25-plus-year track record of success in the specialized areas of educational assessment and educational technology, encompassing business and product development, marketing, and strategy leadership. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Sales for Pacific Metrics, and previously served in leadership roles with other testing companies.
Dr. Lisa Ehrlich is the new Senior Director of Summative Assessment and will concentrate on the ongoing development of the PARCC summative assessments. Ehrlich has more than 20 years of experience in the assessment industry, including experience with client and program management and the operational oversight of test development, publishing, distribution, data analysis, psychometrics, and reporting functional units. Prior to joining Parcc Inc., Ehrlich held a number of positions at Measured Progress, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Client Services. She also held management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation and has taught at Boston University and Lesley University.
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
The Louisiana Department of Education will use PARCC content in its statewide assessment during the 2015-16 school year. Louisiana has awarded a contract to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to develop its statewide tests. PARCC items will comprise just under half of the test content.
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.