What I appreciate about PARCC is transparency. By looking at PARCC’s assessment blueprints, any school or teacher can design a standards-based curriculum and write a standards-based assessment. In the test specification documents (accessible here on the PARCC website), PARCC outlines the standards to be assessed at each grade through specific task topics. These task topics are the focus for a written task to be assessed during summative evaluation. Imagine if teachers adopted similar performance task as units of study! The task could take many forms untenable for large scale assessment such as PARCC, yet have powerful teaching and learning opportunities in a classroom: speeches, presentations, visual representations all which could potentially meet reading, writing, and speaking and listening standards in both challenging and engaging ways. Click here to download my grade-by-grade summary of PARCC’s lengthly documents: Standards-based Unit Task Topics.