PARCC Meeting Highlights Teachers’ Insights on Testing Initiative
July 23, 2013
PARCC Meeting Highlights Teachers' Insights on Testing Initiative
On July 15, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) convened to report on progress of activities as the organization moves forward to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. PARCC's grade- and subject-specific Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) have been finalized.
Attendees were also reminded that item and task prototypes are available on the PARCC website to provide information and to support educators as they transition to the CCSS and the PARCC assessments. Soon sample test items will be released across all grades and item types, and cost estimates for test development will be released to states this week.
Participating in the meeting were two teachers who discussed PARCC's Education Leader Cadres (PLCs) and PARCC's efforts and deliberations related to teacher use of the standards. The panel provided an enlightening discussion on some of the implications of Common Core in the classroom. The two representative teachers promoted the Common Core changes and reacted positively to the product PARCC is developing and delivering.
Some highlights of the conversation included branching away from text book lesson reliance, opportunity for more cross state collaboration, and improvement in overall instruction. It is anticipated that PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year. Visit the PARCC website for additional details.