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New York Releases Majority of Common-Core Test Questions

New York Releases Majority of Common-Core Test Questions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the New York state education department announced it was releasing 75 percent of the multiple-choice items from its 2016 common-core-aligned math and English/language arts tests, and that it was doing so earlier than usual to give teachers a chance to review them before the end of the school year. 
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Provided with the released questions are the scoring materials that are used by scoring leaders to train educators to score the constructed-response questions. These files include the scoring rubrics and sample student responses at each score point attainable. Annotations are provided with many of the sample responses to help illustrate how the score was determined.
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Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report

Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You are a congresswoman’s chief-of-staff and she needs your help coming up with a position on whether a nuclear power plant should be built in the district. These are the kinds of prompts students across the country are being presented with during the first round of Common Core testing this spring. In this example — …
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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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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 3, 2014 10:34 AM

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?

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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

NWOCA Next Generation PARCC Assessment Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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)?

Why PARCC in 2015 (for Massachusetts)? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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

Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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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Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them?

Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Now parents and teachers can see some of the test questions that kids faced earlier this year.
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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
When The Common Core State Standards initiative was first announced there was a collective eye roll amongst veteran teachers. There have been so many shifts in pedagogical theory and practice over the years that nobody really thought these national learning goals would come to fruition. And then they did.
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Planning Instruction with PARCC Tools: Overview

Planning Instruction with PARCC Tools: Overview | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Learn about PARCC and how it is a powerful tool for teachers teaching to the Common Core State Standards. You'll get info on the different tools and how they support classroom instruction.
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PARCC's December Debut

PARCC's December Debut | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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

Schools get an early look at Common Core data | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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

PARCC Updates | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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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