An Evidence-Based Selected-Response (EBSR) is one of the three “item” types by which PARCC will measure student’s proficiency with achieving grade level reading standards. The other two item types are the Technology-Enhanced Constructed-Response (TECR), and the Prose Constructed Response (PCR), which simply put is an essay. More on those later. Let’s keep our focus here on the EBSR.
Essentially, an EBSR is like a conventional multiple choice question. What makes the EBSRdifferent from the conventional multiple choice is the nature of the ”item.”
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The question was simple enough. Of all of the academic standards you are tasked with “covering” (more on this in a minute), what’s important that students understand for the next 40 days, what’s important that they understand for the next 40 months, and what’s important that they understand for the next 40 years?"
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