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Note to Readers 01.02.15
Dr. Dea’s Curriculum and Assessment Planners first published in 2013 as PDF forms have been updated with PARCC’s fall 2014 changes to the assessment blueprint and grade-level tasks. The update has been published as an interactive Word template complete with drop-down boxes and self-populating cells to customize task design. The updated Performance Task Planners are available at each grade level, 3-11. Click the link to preview a sample. For more information or to schedule a workshop on how to use the planners, contact Dr. Dea.
The Original Post Post: 11.05.13
If you haven’t seen the PARCC Aligned Curriculum & Assessment Planners before, you are in for a pleasant surprise. These PDF forms, available for each grade 3-11, are based on PARCC’s Model Content Framework, a four-quarter progression delineating the types of texts students should be reading (literary, historical, informational) and the writing tasks they should be practicing in alignment with the Common Core. The document also delineates the topics and standards PARCC Assessment Blueprints has announced as the basis for standards assessment.
Within the document are standards and assessment guidelines each corresponding to writeable cells allowing teachers to enter their own decisions about teaching and text selection. As teachers work through the document, clickable audio files guide their planning and provide information on the standards and the eventual PARCC assessment. Yes, the updated the PARCC Aligned Common Core Curriculum and Assessment Planners include audio files and drop-down toolbox tips for user friendliness.
Not only do the planners include drop-down tips, the edited planners also feature the full grade-level standard appropriate to each of the specific tasks outlined by PARCC’s Task Generation Models as the basis for the Performance-Based Assessment to be given in the spring beginning in 2014-2015. In order to prepare students for assessment while meeting Common Core Standards, why not make reading and writing the focus of instruction and practice throughout the year? By using a portfolio approach, teachers will be able to meet the rigorous guidelines of PARCC’s Model Content Frameworks and be prepared by having multiple opportunities to read and write throughout a quarter rather than as capstone projects that come only once a quarter or even …once semester or year.
Static images of the planners are captured in this post, but an interactive Preview of the PARCC Aligned Planner is available with a click. Warning: the preview seems to play best through Explorer and any feedback you could give me on your success in downloading through other browsers would be appreciated.