Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark
The 22 state testing consortia PARCC issued guidelines this week included more advice about access. PARCC also became an independent nonprofit.
District and school administrators should pay attention to the The PARCC Assessment Administration Capacity Planning Tool. In short:
- There are nine testing sessions lasting about 9 hours for middle grades, 10 hours for high school.
- Schools will have a maximum of 20 school days to administer the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and 20 school days to administer the End of Year Assessment component (EOY).
- Broadband requirements won’t be greater than 100 kbps (which is what SETDA recommended as a minimum in Broadband Imperative)
- The capacity planning tool offers detailed guidance on device access based on testing plans.