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10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

According to Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium saw “significantly” fewer problems than it had expected during its spring 2014 field tests. “Things went more smoothly than our expectations,” said Redd. “We didn't have any systemwide issues; issues that happened tended to be isolated." That lack of major issues was in large part due to the efforts of educators all over the country who put in the time to make sure everything would work before nearly 5 million students showed up to take the field tests — whether for Smarter Balanced, PARCC or one of the alternative state online initiatives. The lessons that the field testers learned last spring can help you prepare so that your school or district's experience with the real deal goes as smoothly as possible.

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Testing Overload in America’s Schools

Testing Overload in America’s Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New, more rigorous tests that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards—which serve as guideposts for what students in grades K-12 should know in reading and math—will be administered broadly this school year. The prospect of this expanded rollout has spawned growing concern among teachers over how the results will be used to evaluate teacher and school performance. At the same time, the new tests have generated hope among advocates that the low-quality, fill-in-the-bubble tests that states currently use, and the added assessments that districts require to compensate for them, will finally become a thing of the past.

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Takeaway: The intent is that better designed and more rigorous assessments will replace low end bubble-type assessments thus driving improved student learning outcomes.

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PARCC Professional Development Modules and Presentations at #ECET2NE

PARCC Professional Development Modules and Presentations at #ECET2NE | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As many states move to full adoption of PARCC this Spring, Massachusetts is in the second year of its “Test Drive” with about 60% of 3-8 schoolschoosing to give PARCC rather than MCAS.  To support schools, teaches, and families as they implement the new assessment system, PARCC has released two of five virtual professional development modules.  The following is a short description of the two released professional development modules with links to them:

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Two informative and thoughtful GoogleSlides that may answer and/or provoke questions among your staff and parents.

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Lessons Learned, Technology | PARCC

Lessons Learned, Technology | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As part of the field test administration this past spring, the PARCC states collected feedback from participants, including students, test administrators, test coordinators and classroom teachers. This is the third in a series of articles that will culminate in a release of a complete “Lessons Learned” in September.

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PARCC Chicago 2014 Practice Tests and Assessment Literacy

PARCC Chicago 2014 Practice Tests and Assessment Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the highlights in PARCC's Educator Leader Cadre (ELC) meeting in July, was the "Using PARCC Practice Tests to Raise Rigor and Build Assessment Literacy Skills: Deconstructing PARCC Practice Items" presentation by Char Shryock, director of curriculum and instruction at Bay Village Schools in Ohio.


Char stressed the importance of refocusing education discussions away from "too much testing,"and back to the true goal of collecting evidence of learning -- to ensure all students are realizing their potential in the classroom and throughout their lives and careers.

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PARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools”

PARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools” | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“I think they’re really beautiful tools, but they’re just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school administrators Friday. “The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day,”

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“The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day” 


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Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

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Some states don't plan to use the common-core tests being developed by PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests, but still would like to draw on those consortia's item banks to build their own tests. Are the consortia obliged to let them do that? 

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NWOCA Next Generation PARCC Assessment Resources

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ELA Performance Based (PBA) New

Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5

Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Grade 9 | Grade 10 | Grade 11

Math End of Year (EOY) New

Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5

Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Algebra 1 | Geometry | Algebra 2

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Why PARCC in 2015 (for Massachusetts)?

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Slide deck from PARCC update presentation (May/June)

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Interesting data as well as some actionable data provided in the slide deck. Snippets posted below:

 

The majority of students expressed a preference for the online tests over paper-and-pencil tests (74% ELA, 56% Math)

All or most test questions asked students about things
they had learned in school this year (87% in ELA, 70% in
math)


28% reported that the ELA test was more difficult than
their school work; 61% of students reported that the math
test was more difficult


83% (Math) to 94% (ELA) of students responded that they
had enough time!

 

Also see these stats about the functionality of the test and devices on which tests were administered:

http://www.doe.mass.edu/parcc/StudentResponses.pdf

 

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Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

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Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments.
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Although that ship has sailed for students and teachers in Indiana, field test feedback is beginning to stream in.

 

"Field-testing of two multistate online assessments is going more smoothly than many educators had expected, despite technological glitches in the coast-to-coast experiment. And even though the exams, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, are still in the tryout phase, they are proving tougher than the ones students are used to taking."

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"The tests are hard".

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PARCC Updates: Witnessing the Field Test in Action

Last week, I had the great fortune of watching a 6th grade class in Prince George's County, Maryland, take the computer version of the PARCC ELA/literacy test. I was so impressed with how engaged the students were and how hard they worked on the field test.  Just over half of them

Laura Slover meets with school leadership at Berwyn Heights Elementary School after observing the PARCC field test

Left to right: Karen Singer, Principal; Laura Slover, CEO of PARCC; Jeff Nellhaus, PARCC's Director of Policy, Research & Design; Pauline Carey, Prince George's County Schools Test Administration Specialist; and Kathy Schuster, Reading Specialist and Test Coordinator

 finished on time, and under half needed extra time; all of them finished by the end of the extra time period.

 

After the test, we spent about 30 minutes talking about what they liked and getting their recommendations for improvements. It was very heartening to hear that overall theyreally liked the items, which they saw as engaging and fun.
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7 things to know about New York's Common Core tests, which start Tuesday

7 things to know about New York's Common Core tests, which start Tuesday | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It's state test season in New York, and students from third to eighth grade will begin with the first part of the English language arts exam on Tuesday.

 

Last year was the first year the ELA and math exams were aligned to the tough new Common Core standards, and the anxiety over them was palpable.

 

Here are seven things you might want to know about this year's exams.

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PARCC Field Test Update

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Field testing in PARCC states kicked off early Monday morning when the first test takers, from Preble-Shawnee Sr./Jr. School in Ohio, logged on before 8:00 am to take the Algebra I and Geometry tests. Since then, over 199,000 students have participated in the field tests.  For the techies among us, this tidbit: of all testing devices on Monday, 81% used Windows, 9.5% Mac, 6.9% Chromebooks and 2.7% iPad. All have worked, though some schools have had to work out a few glitches with the Chromebooks. Overall, we are off to a great start and it has gone more or less as we expected.

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PARCC's December Debut

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With all of the preparation for the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC summative assessments, it’s easy to forget that PARCC will actually make its debut in just a few weeks.

 

Starting in early December, approximately 30,000 high school students in six states will take PARCC tests for the first time. These are students who attend schools with “fall block schedules” – that is, they take courses that include a full year of content in a single semester.

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Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC

Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC has created a list of valuable resources for educators. Be sure to download and share with your colleagues today.  

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Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.
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The Right Tests, Not More Tests | PARCC

The Right Tests, Not More Tests | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I’m happy to report that reviewers concluded that the PARCC states could reduce the number of test questions and passages, especially in the lower grade levels, and still provide the information that teachers, students and parents need to measure student progress and adjust instruction, and that schools and states need to be able to compare student progress. Meanwhile, the PARCC states are in the midst of a thorough review of the data on how long students spent answering questions on the field test. In a few weeks, we will be able to give school districts and schools clear information about how long tests will take so they can schedule their spring 2015 testing, a major undertaking.

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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

So how can teacher educators prepare for the assessments? Just as I’ve written in ASCD’s “Inservice” blog in previous months (see here and here), teacher educators can use the same resources that teachers have been using in the professional learning communities in their schools and districts to connect good assessment with good instruction. PARCC states have produced a number of sample items and documents, from the Model Content Frameworks to evidence statements to scoring rubrics to performance-level descriptors, that demystify the process of assessment construction and provide a bridge from the assessment to classroom practice. 

 
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Schools get an early look at Common Core data

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Local schools can peek at how well their students did on specific Common Core-based standardizedEnglish and math questions, but parents will still have to wait another month for the same information.

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PARCC Updates

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A week ago today, the PARCC field tests came to a close for more than one million students in close to 16,000 schools across the country. The purpose of the field test was to test the test items to help ensure the assessments are valid, reliable, and fair. The PARCC states will be reviewing how students answered the test items to make decisions about individual test items this summer and fall. The field tests also gave schools the chance to check their readiness in advance of the test administration in 2014-15.


We have already learned a lot from the administration of the field test based on calls we received, requests to the call center, and what we read on Twitter as teachers, students, technology coordinators and others shared about their experiences. We have also received feedback through surveys from approximately 8,700 students, test administrators (generally classroom teachers) and district test coordinators.

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Common Core math gains are worth the pain

Common Core math gains are worth the pain | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As more than a million New York students in grades 3-8 took the state math exams last week, a small but vocal cadre of parents railed at the new Common Core State Standards and the exams that go with them. One famous parent, Louis CK, took to Twitter to complain, “My kids used to love math! Now it makes them cry.”

 

I wish those parents and others opposed to the new tests could spend a day in my classroom.


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Sometimes my child cried when I made her eat broccoli. Sometimes my student athlete was apprehensive about a new coach or new rules for play.  Sometimes students aren't happy in school when learning becomes more difficult. Sometimes growth is painful.

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Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests

Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that are not currently planning to use common tests designed by the two consortia.
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PARCC Updates: Lessons Learned (April)

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It's a breather week for the PARCC states as most states have completed the first window of fieldtesting and are preparing for the second one, which starts May 5.

 

So far, so good. Testing has gone quite well, with nearly a half million students participating so far.  The good news is that in general they really like the computer-based format and think the interactive questions are more engaging and more interesting than what they are used to with current state tests. We'll have even more information in the coming weeks as students (and test administrators) are giving us additional feedback through surveys. We take that feedback very seriously, and it will influence what comes next. It's one more way in which educators and students in the states are taking the lead in shaping the PARCC assessments.

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New standardized tests seen as way to test student knowledge, not ability to memorize

New standardized tests seen as way to test student knowledge, not ability to memorize | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
It's a student complaint as old as education itself: how will I ever use these math equations in the real world?
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PARCC Updates: Celebrating the First Week of the PARCC Field Test

PARCC Updates: Celebrating the First Week of the PARCC Field Test | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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Wonder how long it will take Indiana to develop tests up to the rigor, validity and reliability of PARCC's.  Oh well we can always keep using ISTEP (not).

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