Tag Archives | PARCC

Will PARCC Testing Changes Result in Updates to Performance Task Templates?

With the recent announcement by PARCC regarding the consolidation of  the summative assessment from two testing windows to one, readers have asked whether I will update my Performance Task Planners  or the associated Common Core Unit Planners to reflect any change. And the answer is a resounding “Yes!” when PARCC announces changes to the actual performance task format. At this time, […]

Assessment Overload or Seamless Teaching & Learning?

For most of my teaching career, March represented testing season, typically followed by spring break and Easter holidays. Return to school was bearable as the April calendar flipped to May and Memorial Day signaled the final days of the school year. And then came Common Core and assessments related to the standards. Seems like the testing […]

Moving from Content to Standards: Today!

In many ways, the growth of content over standards has been an impetus for the writing of Next Generation Standards…including the Common Core Standards ELA/Literacy  & Math Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the C3 Frameworks for History and Social Studies. As teachers, even among those who believed in standards and used standards to design […]

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 […]