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Secondary PARCC Tests Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Session Outcomes Participants will: • Describe what the new PARCC testing is about • Explore the design sample PARCC items in ELA and Mathematics. • Explore the content of sample PARCC items in ELA and Mathematics. What is PARCC? The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers: Made up of 9 states Developing common, high-quality math and English language arts (ELA) tests for grades 3–11 Computer-based and linked to what students need to know for college and careers For use starting in the 2014–15 school year What are PARCC Assessments? • States working together to develop highquality, computer based assessments of student learning. • Assessments that will efficiently measure what students know and can do, and then allow teachers to adjust instruction accordingly, resulting in the best use of classroom time. What are PARCC Assessment? Current state assessments were not designed to: Assess and signal whether students are on track for success in college or careers Produce timely, actionable data for students, teachers and parents Test key skills, such as critical thinking and ability to problem solve Assessment Tutorial: How has the test changed? Take a look at the features found on the new assessments. • How does the PARCC assessment differ from MSA/HSA? • What advantages do you see by having students take this assessment on the computer? Assessment Timeline Performance -Based Assessment After 75 percent of the school year Extended tasks, applications of concepts and skills ELA/literacy: Writing effectively when analyzing text, research simulation Math: Solving multistep problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance and strategic use of tools End-of-Year Assessment After 90 percent of the school year Innovative, short-answer items ELA/literacy: Reading comprehension Math: Short items that address both concepts and skills 7 PARCC Tutorial Let’s go through the PARCC tutorial to familiarize you with the available tools for students. http://practice.parcc.testnav.com Click on TUTORIAL PARCC Tutorial Debrief • How does the PARCC assessment differ from MSA/HSA? • What advantages do you see by having students take this assessment on the computer? Accessibility Features for All Students on the Computer-Based Test Mode Accessibility Features for All Students Assigned the Computer-Based Test Mode Audio Amplification Blank/Scratch Paper (provided by test administrator) Eliminate Answer Choices Flag Items for Review General Administration Directions Clarified (by test administrator) General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated (by test administrator) Text Highlighter Tool Headphones or Noise Buffers Line Reader Magnification/Enlargement Device Pop-Up Glossary Redirect Student to Test (by test administrator) 10 Writing Tools MATHEMATICS Thinking About Math As we explore the content of the math items, think about… • How has the assessment changed regarding content? • How can you best support your student to begin taking these assessments? • How can teachers best support your student to begin taking these assessments? What is available from PARCC for Math? Sample Items – Includes items from Grades 6-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with some performance based tasks. Practice Tests – Current tests are end of year (task type 1 – machine scoreable) and available for Grades 6-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II SAMPLE ITEMS • Take a look at the available sample math items for Grades 6-8 and/or high school. http://practice.parcc.testnav.com Click on SAMPLE ITEMS PRACTICE TEST • Current practice tests are end-of-year (EOY). • Let’s take a look at some examples from the practice test. – The examples represent some of the focus clusters Non-Calculator and Calculator Grade 7 Sample Items • What do you notice? • What do you wonder? Non-calculator Example #1 7.Ratio and Proportions.2d Non-calculator Example #2 7.RP.2b Non-calculator Example #3 7.Expressions and Equations.4a-1 Calculator Example #1 7.RP.1 Calculator Example #2 7.EE.3 For a deeper look….. • You can use the practice PARCC tests website to look through all grade levels of sample items. http://practice.parcc.testnav.com Click on Practice Tests and choose Mathematics Choose a grade level/course to view. PARCC for Mathematics • How has the assessments changed regarding content? • How can you best support your student to begin taking these assessments? • How can teachers best support your student to begin taking these assessments? ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS PBA Simulation The example we will look at is from the eighth grade Performance Based Assessment. There are three sections: literary analysis, research simulation, and a narrative task. http://practice.parcc.testnav.com Click on PRACTICE TESTS The Test • 1-7: Literary analysis • 8-17: Research simulation • 18-23: Narrative task • Read/view the texts, and answer the questions. • Discuss the skills and knowledge required by students to respond to the questions and essay. Focus Question – ELA • What do students need to know and be able to do? Consider this question as you preview the ELA practice tests. http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/# Click on the Practice Test Tab and choose ELA. Scroll down to find your grade level. Additional Resources • • • • • • • • Achieve the Core http://achievethecore.org/ Better Lesson http://betterlesson.com/ CAST http://www.cast.org Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) http://achieve.org/ Great Public Schools (GPS) Network http://www.gpsnetwork.org/ MSDE Blackboard Learn https://msde.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp ReadWorks http://www.readworks.org/ Teaching Channel https://www.teachingchannel.org/ Putting it all Together… Higher Expectations ELA/Literacy Math Read sufficiently complex texts independently Solve problems: content and mathematical practice Write effectively to sources Reason mathematically Build and present knowledge through research Model real-world problems Have fluency with mathematics 30 Where can you go for additional resources to support your student? Parent Resources • http://parcconline.org/for-parents • http://www.pta.org/parents/content .cfm?ItemNumber=2910 • Khan academy: Question types and tutorials Thank you! Questions?