PARCC in Massachusetts

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What are the PARCC Model Content Frameworks? How are people using them?

What are the PARCC Model Content Frameworks?

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks were developed through a state-led process that included mathematics and ELA/literacy content experts in PARCC member states and members of the Common Core State Standards writing team. The Model Content Frameworks are voluntary resources offered by PARCC to help curriculum developers and teachers as they work to implement the standards in their states and districts. They are designed with the following purposes in mind:

  • Supporting implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and
  • Informing the development of item specifications and blueprints for the PARCC assessments in grades 3–8 and high school.

These documents are the bridge between the standards and the PARCC assessment system.

Model Framework for ELA

*It provides on model for how to organize content and integrate the four standards of the CCSS.

*They focus on framing the critical advances in the standards:

  1. Reading complex texts
  2. Reading a range of texts-literature and informational
  3. Writing effectively when using and/or analyzing sources
  4. Conducting and reporting on research
  5. Speaking and listening
  6. Using knowledge of language effectively when reading, writing, and speaking

Model Framework for Math(k-8 document, HS document):

*It provides a deep analysis of the CCSS, leading to more guidance on how focus, coherence, content and practices all work together

*Key elements of the Math framework:

  1. Key advances from the previous grade
  2. Fluency expectations or examples of culminating standards
  3. Examples of major within-grade dependencies
  4. Examples of opportunities for Connections among standards, clusters or domains
  5. Examples of opportunities for in-depth focus
  6. Examples of opportunities for connecting mathematical content and mathematical practices
  7. Content emphases by cluster

How are people using them?

  1. Assist in transitioning to the CCSS*Help inform curriculum, instruction, and assessment*Increase educator engagement and awareness
  2. Assist in evaluating resources
  3. Provide awareness on the balance of tasks
  4. Help educators think more deeply about the standards, especially foundational structures
  5. Inform-grade-level analyses and expectations

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