Tag Archives | Common Core State Standards

Can PARCC Blueprints be the Stone Killing Two Birds?

If you are an educator, you are probably in one of the forty-three states that applied for and received a Federal waiver from certain NCLB provisions in exchange for adopting a student-growth model as part of educator evaluation.  What does that look like in your state? In your school or district? Is this an “add on” and a […]

Common Core/PARCC Aligned Assessment Planning Mapper

  In my most recent blog, Ticking Toward 2015 Assessment, I shared with readers performance tasks that have been added to PARCC’s assessment blueprints since spring field testing. In a much earlier post, I shared the heart of the Performance Task–whether talking PARCC or SBAC: the Constructed Response. In a blog blog entitled “Another PARCC […]

Ticking Toward 2015 Assessment: PARCC Makes Ten PBA Additions

View Newly Released Performance Task Planners Based on spring field testing, PARCC recently announced that the End of Year (EOY) assessment would be shortened. The standards measured will remain the same but the number of items used to assess proficiency on those standards will be modestly reduced. The changes cut down on test time and […]

An Argument with PARCC Assessment Rationales

I have from the first been a supporter of the Common Core Standards and eventually, a strong supporter of PARCC. Over the ensuing months, I have closely followed the publication of the PARCC Assessment Blueprints and eventually, the sample items released by PARCC. Occasionally, I have taken issue (privately) with the item samples as they […]

Another PARCC Acronym: The PCR or Prose Constructed Response…the essay

FOR LATEST UPDATES ON PARCC: Read “Ticking Toward 2015: PARCC Makes 10 PBA Additions” Another acronym!?! Just when you think you’ve begun to master educational jargon, another alphabetic abbreviation appears. As a teacher or administrator, you chose a profession that requires you keep educating yourself: KEY! That’s why you read books. That’s why you read blogs. […]