PARCC or MCAS?
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education hosted a conversation to help provide guidance to districts on the choice to use PARCC or MCAS for the 2014-2015 school year. The presentation is posted at the end of this post, but I have pulled out some of the information in slides detailing what was learned from field testing thus far and a couple questions about 8th Grade Algebra I and HS exams.
What did students say about taking PARCC online?
- The majority of students expressed a preference for the online tests over
- paper-and-pencil tests (74% ELA, 56% Math)All or most test questions asked students about things they had learned in school this year (87% in ELA, 70% in math)
- 28% reported that the ELA test was more difficult than their school work; 61% of students reported that the math test was more difficult
What did students say about taking the PARCC PBA field test online?
- How hard it is to type answers depends on the subject area:
- ELA: 87% found it easy to type answers
- Math: 58% found it easy to type answers; 41% found it hard
- Many students experienced a technology- related problem
- ELA: 31% reported a problem during testing
- Math: 46% (22% had trouble changing answers)
- The test was easy to navigate
- Accessibility tools were easy to use
8th Grade Algebra 1
- If PARCC is chosen, for grade 8 math, indicate how many students will participate in
- The PARCC grade 8 mathematics test, or
- The PARCC Algebra I test, if the school’s Algebra I curriculum is aligned with the 2011 framework
HS ELA and Mathematics
- Can be separate from grades 3–8 decision
- Can make separate decisions for ELA and Mathematics
- Can make separate decisions for gr. 9 and for gr. 11