One teacher's attempt to connect with other educators across Massachusetts and beyond and provide relevant, up-to-date, and sometime helpful information on next generation assessments, common core state standards implementation, and college and career ready initiatives
This summer has brought some big developments, some of which are still unfolding, within the PARCC consortium. The loss of states from PARCC may reflect a “right-sizing” of the consortia. The monumental changes that follow from adopting new standards as well as, in many states, adopting teacher evaluation systems, have started to dampen any initial impulses for also changing assessment systems in fundamental ways. As a result transition to robust, digital assessment systems will likely be a matter of pace; a no to PARCC today does not necessarily mean that states will never work toward adoption of a similar next generation assessment (or return to PARCC) over the coming years.
Massachusetts is moving forward with the PARCC assessment, and this summer Mitchell Chester announced some of the next steps to be taken toward PARCC. In addition, the recent announcement of PARCC field tests also brings a new sense of an actual transition from the respected MCAS. I am still digesting the information on field tests and Mitchell Chester’s announcement, but plan to have an “analysis” of these changes in post over the next four weeks.
Here are the key part of the timeline for the next two years.
Spring 2015 PARCC Field Tests
Finally, here is what is known about the plan for the high school competency determination: