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