PARCC Presentation - Baltimore City Public School System

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A Walk Through the PARCC
Family PARCC night trainings Feb. 3 and 4
New Standards, New Tests
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Standards
Curriculum
Assessment
Standards
determine what
every student
should know and
be able to do by
the time they
finish a grade.
Curriculum guides
teachers on when
and how they
should teach the
standards to
students during the
school year.
Assessments allow
students to
demonstrate that
they know what
they are supposed
to know based on
the standards.
The Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards
(MDCCRS)
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 City Schools began implementing curriculum aligned to theses standards
3 years ago.
 The standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards.
 They outline what students should know in Math and English Language
Arts/Literacy from kindergarten to grade 12.
 They ensure students finish high school ready for success in college and
are competitive in the workforce.
 They build on knowledge from the previous year.
 They enable teachers and students to go deeper into subjects.
PARCC
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
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• PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
for College and Careers.
• City Schools will administer PARCC to measure what and
how students are learning and their understanding of the
new standards.
PARCC requires students to…
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• Show their work.
• Solve problems quickly and accurately.
• Solve real-world problems. Show they can read and
understand complex texts.
• Write persuasively.
• Research and present findings.
• Show speaking and listening skills.
Past tests vs. PARCC tests
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Past Tests (MSA and HSA)
PARCC
• Minimal to no writing
• Writing in English and math
• Not connected to college and
• Linked to college and career
career readiness
readiness
• Results took awhile to get back
• Results are received quickly
• Paper and pencil
• Mostly given on computer
Compare test questions - Reading
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MSA: Grade 3 Reading
Read the writing prompt below and
complete the writing activity:
Jump out of bed! Look out the
window! It is a perfect weather day!
Write a story about a day when the
weather seemed perfect.
PARCC: Grade 3 Reading
You have read two texts about famous
people in American history who solved a
problem by working to make a change.
• Write an article for your school
newspaper describing how Eliza and
Carver faced challenges to change
something in America.
• In your article, be sure to describe in
detail why some solutions they tried
worked and others did not work.
• Tell how the challenges each one faced
were the same and how they were
different.
Compare test questions - Math
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MSA: Grade 5 Math
The town of La Paz, Bolivia, is in the
Andes mountains. Which of these units
could be used to describe the distance of
the town of La Paz above sea level?
A. Degrees
B. Feet
C. Cubic Inches
D. Pounds
PARCC: Grade 5 Math
Mr. Edmunds shared 12 pencils among his
four sons as follows:
• Alan received 1/3 of the pencils
• Bill received 1/4 of the pencils
• Carl received more than 1 pencil
• David received more pencils than Carl
PART A: On the number line, represent the
fraction of the total number of pencils that
was given to both Alan and Bill combined.
Use the buttons on the right to increase or
decrease the number of equal sections on the
number line.
PART B. What fraction of the total number of
pencils did Carl and David each receive?
Justify your answer.
When will my student take PARCC?
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PARCC is given in two parts
Performance Based Assessment (PBA)
March 4 – April 1, 2015
____________________________
End of Year Assessment (EOY)
April 20-May 15 (High School)
May 4-June 1 (Elementary and Middle School)
Which PARCC tests will my child take?
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PARCC WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 TO 11
Grade and Subject
Online or on Paper?
3rd and 6th Graders –
English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
Paper
4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Graders –
English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
Online
Algebra I
(Typically taken in the 9th grade)
Online
English II
(Typically taken in the 10th grade)
Paper
Algebra II
(Typically taken in the 11th grade)
Online
Accessibility Features
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• Accessibility features that were once only available to some students
will now be available to all students.
• These include features like highlighting, magnification, and the ability
to eliminate answer choices.
• All students will have a “personal needs profile.” Any supports that
teachers and administrators believe will benefit the students will be
decided beforehand and will automatically turn on when the student
logs onto the computer.
• These include color contrast and text to speech or a human reader for
math.
Accommodations
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• PARCC provides all students with access to high quality assessments.
• Accommodations will still exist for students with Individualized
Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, or English Language Learners
• The biggest change is that reading aloud “selected text,” for students
with that accommodation, will no longer be allowed. Students will either
qualify for the whole assessment to be read aloud or none of the
assessment to be read aloud based on their specific disability.
• A comprehensive Parent’s Guide to accessibility features is available at
www.baltimorecityschools.org/PARCC
PARCC Results
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• PARCC results will give families, teachers, school leaders, and district
staff important information about what we need to do and how we can
work together to ensure that students stay on track.
• Results will allow comparisons to be made across schools, districts, and
states.
• Since many other states are also administering assessments aligned to
new standards, City Schools can learn from them what is working
across the country, too.
• This year, results are expected in late fall/early winter of 2015. In the
future, they will be available much sooner.
PARCC Results
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Student achievement on PARCC will be presented as levels.
Level 1
Level 2
Needs extensive
academic support for
success in further studies
in that content
Level 3
Level 4
(Likely) needs academic
support to find success in
further studies in that
content area
Level 5
Is prepared for success
in further studies in
that content area
How is City Schools preparing for PARCC?
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• Students have been preparing for PARCC for the past three years
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when the district implemented the new standards.
Rigorous classroom instruction.
School test coordinator at every school.
In 2013-14, City Schools went from 6 to 136 schools taking a highstakes assessment online.
City Schools participated in a PARCC field test in spring 2014, which
gave every school and many students a chance to get a sneak peak at
the test.
School staff has received regular professional development and
support from the district to strengthen instruction and leadership.
How can you help to prepare your child for PARCC?
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• Ask “why”?
• Ask your child’s teacher if there is anything your child needs to
work on at home.
• Practice fast facts and math fluency.
• Encourage your child to read independently every day.
• Practice typing skills.
• Take the test yourself: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/
Resources
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District website:
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www.baltimorecityschools.org/PARCC
PARCC website:
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http://parcc.pearson.com
From MSDE:
• http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/parcc/parents/
High School Appendix
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Transition in Assessment Requirements for Graduation
(as proposed by MSDE in December 2014)
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Student
took the
course in:
Math
2012 or
earlier
Pass+ HSA
Algebra/Data Analysis
Pass+
Science
Social
Studies
HSA English 10
Pass+ HSA
Biology
Pass+ HSA
Government
2013-14
Pass+ HSA
Algebra/Data Analysis
Participate in PARCC
English II
Pass+ HSA
Biology
Pass+ HSA
Government
2014-15
Participate in PARCC
Algebra I
Participate in PARCC
English II
Pass+ HSA
Biology
Pass+ HSA
Government
2015-16
Participate in PARCC
Algebra I
Participate in PARCC
English II
Pass+ HSA
Biology
Pass+ HSA
Government
Pass+ PARCC
English II
Pass+ HSA
Biology
Pass+ HSA
Government
2016-17
or after
+ in
Pass+
PARCC Algebra I
English
this case, pass means a passing score, a passing combined score, or completion of a Bridge project
College and Career Ready Determination
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Starting in SY 2015-2016
If a student takes the PARCC Algebra II or PARCC English III
(starting in SY 2015-2016) and achieves a passing score,
they will receive a “college and career ready” determination.
Over 700 colleges and universities have signed on to honor
this determination which will exempt students from
remediation courses. This will save them money and time in
completing their degree!
Schools with Semester-Long Courses
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Schools that have semester long courses will administer
PARCC in those classes on a “block schedule”
• Semester 1 PARCC tests were give in December and January
• Semester 2 classes PARCC tests will be given in the following
test window:
PBA: April 13- May 8
• EOY: May 4 – June 1
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• All Semester 1 PARCC tests were on paper. Semester 2
PARCC tests will be online for Algebra I & II and on paper
for English II.
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