PARCC

Source: FL Dept of Education website, date indeterminate

PARCC

The Partnership’s assessment system will be anchored in college and career readiness. In high school, there will be assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy aligned to the Common Core State Standards that measure whether students have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for success in first‐year, credit‐bearing college courses. Assessments in grades 3‐8 and earlier in high school will measure whether students are on‐track to achieve readiness by high school graduation. Assessing students against this standard gives parents a clear signal of whether their children are prepared for their next steps, and it gives schools a chance to close any gaps in students’ academic skills before they graduate.

Students will take parts of the assessment at key times during the school year, closer to when they learn the material. The Partnership’s assessment system will include several through‐course assessments in each grade, which will be combined with more streamlined end‐of‐year tests to produce a more complete picture of student performance. These assessments will measure students’ learning closer to the time when classroom instruction takes place and will give feedback throughout the year, allowing educators to adjust instructional practices or give extra support to students who need it.

PARCC assessments will be computer based. In recognition of the powerful role technology is playing in students’ lives, the majority of the new assessments will be designed to be administered by computer. This will enable much faster turnaround of results, and it will allow for innovations in test items by leveraging new technologies. Moving to computer‐based testing will also reduce costs for states.

PARCC assessments will include sophisticated items and performance tasks to measure the standards more effectively. The Partnership’s assessments, both end‐of‐year and through‐course, will include challenging performance tasks and innovative, computer‐enhanced items that elicit complex demonstrations of learning and measure the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and 21st century careers. The inclusion of performance tasks will ensure that the assessments measure skills that are difficult to measure in on‐demand assessments, and they will help model effective classroom instruction.

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