PARCC in Massachusetts

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

Who is participating in PARCC Field Test and more communication tools

Press Release

The Department of Education released a formal announcement on the PARCC field tests this Spring, and the finalized list of schools participating. The entire release is below, but here is a quote that summarizes the function and purpose of these field tests:

Beginning in March, approximately 81,000 students – or about 8 percent of the state’s total public school enrollment – will take a PARCC field test in English language arts or mathematics. A field test allows students to try out a new test before it counts and helps policymakers determine the fairness, validity, and accuracy of test questions. Since September, the Department has worked with participating schools to choose a representative sample of students from a few classes at each school to take the field test.  No participating student will receive a score or grade based on her or his performance.

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Participating Schools

If you want to know if your school is participating, I have embedded the list below:

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Communication Tools

National PTA

The National PTA has put a PARCC presentation together for families that provides a broad explanation of PARCC, the general transition to next generation assessment, and the role of field tests.  I have embedded that below:


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California Student  Orientation Video

Field tests are happening all across the country in both ELA and mathematics for PARCC, the consortia to which Massachusetts belongs, as well as SBAC.  California is a SBAC test and his issued a student-centered video that attempts to explain to students what a field test is and why it is important.


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The opinion expressed within each post is my own and is not a reflection of the Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, PARCC, or any other body.

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