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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 […]

Moving from Graphic Organizer to Composition: GO 4Writing!!

In my talks with teachers over the last year, I have discovered that many use graphic organizers as a tool for teaching students how to organize thinking, but few use GOs as a tool for accessing text information in ways that scaffold writing about text. In a recent post, Common Core Writing Prompts too Hard or […]

Grade Level Analytic Rubrics Aligned to Common Core and PARCC Assessment Models

  New Writing Rubrics Coming Soon…along with student friendly reflection checklists! On Monday, September 8th, PARCC released revised rubrics for use in assessing prose constructed responses. The revised rubric is not vastly different from PARCC rubrics released in 2013; PARCC’s greatest change is the development of a separate rubric for scoring narrative writing. In the next two weeks, I will […]

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. […]

Getting Started with Common Core: 5 Ordered Steps

In June, I spoke as the PARCC presentation expert for the National College and Career Readiness Conference held in Orlando. There, I introduced the PARCC Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Planners to nearly one-thousand attendees from every state in the union and some from beyond the borders. Participating alongside conference goers in sessions other than my […]