PARCC in Massachusetts

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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

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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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