The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, has released its final content frameworks for the common standards. And the newsiest thing about the document is this: The consortium is going to create content frameworks for grades K-2.
- the frameworks are an attempt to capture the key ideas in the common standards to guide curriculum developers, teachers, and test developers.
- The "content specifications" issued by the other assessment group, the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC... are a bit different from PARCC's content frameworks
- both documents begin to put some meat on the bones of the two groups' visions of the tests they are working on.
More Guidance for Math
- PARCC also attempts to offer more specifics to guide creation of math courses at the high school level, an area it admits has been "challenging." They don't come right out and say it here, but one of the challenges is political: taking steps toward more specificity while steering clear of dictating curriculum.
Grade 12 - On the literacy side of the house, PARCC said it got a lot of requests for content frameworks for grade 12. It won't do that, but it will—as it has said all along—create "bridge courses" that will beef up seniors' readiness for college.
- balancing areas of emphasis and being clear about intent.
- Clarify emphasis on "close reading" of text and the importance of students being able to move between multiple texts and across disciplines.
My note: According to PARCC's published timeline, they are right on schedule.