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 … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Online Assessment Samples, Tutorial, and Communicating about the Field Tests

For those interested in seeing the look and feel of the upcoming PARCC assessments, it is now up for public perusal. Sample Items The released items located at that were … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

PARCC Presentations at BPS and ATMIM

With the Commissioner Chester’s outline of how Massachusetts will determine if PARCC will replace MCAS in the coming years (see previous post on transition plan), there has been renewed interest … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

PARCC Video Series from PBS

With field tests coming and the formation of a timeline for thoughtful implementation, communicating about PARCC becomes increasingly important for teachers, parents, students, and all citizens of the Commonwealth. The following … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Next Steps toward PARCC

This summer has brought some big developments, some of which are still unfolding, within the PARCC consortium.  The loss of states from PARCC may reflect a “right-sizing” of the consortia. … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

#askPARCC Twitter Town Hall 6.20.13

On June 20th PARCC hosted its third town hall meeting using the #askPARCC hashtag to organize a conversation on the PARCC ELA assessment.  The event was primarily hosted by Bonnie … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

#askPARCC Twitter Town Hall 6.13.13

On June 13th PARCC hosted its second town hall meeting using the #askPARCC hashtag to organize a conversation on the PARCC math assessment.  The event was primarily hosted by Doug … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

#askPARCC Twitter Town Hall 6.5.13

On June 5th PARCC hosted its first town hall meeting using the #askPARCC hashtag to organize the conversation.  The event was hosted by the Rhode Island Education Commissioner, PARCC Governing Board … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Close Reading and Writing in Science and Technical Subjects

I recently attended a solid presentation entitled, “Close Reading and Writing in Science and Technical Subjects,” which served both as great PD, but also as a great window into literacy … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

PARCC Timeline – The Next 18 Months

The three pictures below represent recent major developments, a snapshot of the immediate future as well as the next 18 months.  I hope these detailed, easy-to-read timelines paint the broad … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

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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.