In the second of two blogposts, John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education reviews how the eight essential elements of PBL can fit (sometimes neatly, sometimes not) within the expectations of Common Core assessment.
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Massachusetts Releases First Round Of PARCC Field Test Results.
The Boston Globe (9/22, Fox) reports that Massachusetts education officials have released the results from the first year of PARCC testing in the state, noting that students “generally had lower scores” on the test. The piece quotes state Education Secretary James A. Peyser stressing that the results are preliminary, “This early report on PARCC results is preliminary and incomplete and therefore cannot yet be directly compared to this year’s MCAS results,” Secretary of Education James A. Peyser said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the complete results as they become available.” The piece notes that the state BOE is scheduled to vote on whether to replace the MCAS with PARCC this November.
The Springfield (MA) Republican (9/22) reports that MCAS scores rose this year, while “preliminary results from limited field tests of the PARCC exam were less likely to score in that test’s ‘meeting expectations’ category.” This piece also reports that Peyser “cautioned about ‘reading too much’ into the preliminary results.”
The Daily Hampshire (MA) Gazette (9/22) also covers this story.
Once in awhile, your morning commute on Interstate 195 may include the appearance of someone on an overpass holding a sign saying “Get Common Core out of Mass.”Despite what looks like an overt political statement, PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is about education, not politics. It is an assessment system developed for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It was a response to colleges and employers who said in 2004