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
With the Commissioner Chester’s outline of how Massachusetts will determine if PARCC will replace MCAS in the coming years (see previous post on transition plan), there has been renewed interest in exploring what PARCC is, how it works, and what the assessment looks like. I have been fortunate to participate and provide presentations on this topic over the last week and hope that the presentations below can be useful to other interested individuals as they make sense of PARCC.
The first two presentations were given at PARCC professional development offered to Boston Public Schools. Please find a PARCC 101 (that goes over model content frameworks, general test design, and item types) slide-deck and a PARCC 201 (that goes over evidence tables and performance level descriptors) slide-deck embedded below.
The final presentation of this post was given at ATMIM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts) Winter 2014 conference and is on general test design of PARCC, but also attempts to relate all the pieces of PARCC into a whole as well as introduce the cognitive complexity framework that PARCC utilizes in item design.