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

PARCC Professional Development Modules and Presentations at #ECET2NE


As many states move to full adoption of PARCC this Spring, Massachusetts is in the second year of its “Test Drive” with about 60% of 3-8 schools choosing to give PARCC rather than MCAS.  To support schools, teaches, and families as they implement the new assessment system, PARCC has released two of five virtual professional development modules.  The following is a short description of the two released professional development modules with links to them:

Online Professional Learning Modules Currently Available

  • How To Use the Modules — Watch this first! 
  • PARCC Assessments Overview  ​
    • In Theory: Practical theories behind the PARCC Assessments and related goals.
    • In Practice: Information about how a student will be assessed throughout their school career and offers an assessment walkthrough (based on the role selected  — administrator, primary teacher, secondary teacher- English/Language Arts, secondary teacher, Mathematics)
    • In Context: Valuable, downloadable resources focused on the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for mathematics and English/Language Arts
  • PARCC Accessibility System
    • In Theory: An overview of accessibility features and details about how they are built into the PARCC design.
    • In Practice: Information about how teachers use accommodations in the classroom
    • In Context: Downloadable the Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual


200+ educators gathered to learn from other educators about what they are doing in their classrooms and schools to implement common core.  This conference, Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2), was led by @katienovakudl, @Ms_Corcoran_207, and @DavidHochheiser, who created a conference that served as a meeting of minds, a celebration of teaching, and a set of experiences that could offer practical solutions to shared classroom challenges.  Hopefully another teacher led conference like this can become an annual event – stay tuned.

I was fortunate to give a couple talks on PARCC that are embedded below.


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