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21st Century Assessments for College and Career Success | Future Ready Massachusetts. Last week, Massachusetts began administering the first trial of student assessments as a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers also known as PARCC. This is the first step in aligning Massachusetts assessments to current education standards, our Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, that incorporate the Common Core. These standards for English Language Arts and mathematics were adopted in 2010 as part of the state’s regular updating and revisions of the rigorous standards the state began setting to implement the Education Reform Act of 1993.

For the first time, however, our standards were benchmarked against expectations for college and career readiness. The PARCC assessments currently being “field tested” are part of a two year trial and review period in Massachusetts before the state decides whether or not PARCC will replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System or MCAS.

Side by Side: The SAT Changes and the Common Core - Education Week. UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous DisplayName: TrialsLeft: 0 Trials: Tier Preview Log: Exception pages ( /ew/section/multimedia/sat-vs-common-core.html ) = NO Internal request ( ) = NO Open House ( 2014-06-20 15:36:47 ) = NO Site Licence : ( ) = NO ACL Free A vs U ( 0 vs 0 ) = YES Access granted ( 3 ) = YES. Online Assessment Samples, Tutorial, and Communicating about the Field Tests. For those interested in seeing the look and feel of the upcoming PARCC assessments, it is now up for public perusal. Sample Items The released items located at that were initially released in .pdf files are now in their intended digital environment.

All of these can be found under the “Sample Items” tab at The sample items are organized in the following way: Tutorial The site includes a great deal more than an experience of the online test environment and a sense of how significantly different this exam is compared to MCAS, it also provides the information on tech requirements (be sure you meet them before trying it for a test drive) and a tutorial on navigating the assessment. The purpose of the tutorial is to demonstrate the navigation and tools available on the assessment technology platform (TestNav 8). Communicating Testing Windows for Field Test Like this: Like Loading... How to create assessments for the Common Core. By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor @eSN_Meris Read more by Meris Stansbury January 16th, 2014 How to create new formative assessments to measure complex student comprehension The rigors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ask today’s educators not to simply measure students’ factual knowledge, but instead accurately assess students’ critical thinking.

With such a major transition from multiple-choice testing, it’s important to know how to create assessments for these 21st Century standards. “The most important question to ask at the onset of assessment creation is: ‘How might we develop and use rich tasks to focus on those outcomes that matter most, and make school more relevant and engaging for learners and teachers?’” McTighe emphasized that through its detailed standards, the aim of Common Core—as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—is autonomous transfer, or student comprehension and understanding of concepts, rather than facts.

WebsDepthofKnowledgeFlipChart_nobleeds_05142013_000.pdf. Depth of Knowledge. 6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - This post is updated from an article we published in April. At the end of the day, teaching is about learning, and learning is about understanding. And as technology evolves to empower more diverse and flexible assessments forms, constantly improving our sense of what understanding looks like–during mobile learning, during project-based learning, and in a flipped classroom–can not only improve learning outcomes, but just might be the secret to providing personalized learning for every learner.

This content begs the question: why does one need alternatives to the established and entrenched Bloom’s? Because Bloom’s isn’t meant to be the alpha and the omega of framing instruction, learning, and assessment. So with apologies to Bloom (whose work we covered recently), we have gathered five alternatives to his legendary, world-beating taxonomy, from the TeachThought Simple Taxonomy, to work from Marzano to Fink, to the crew at Understanding by Design. Six Facets of Understanding with examples. 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom. 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom by Barbara Blackburn, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word Despite all the research, there are seven myths about rigor that are often heard.

Let’s look at each, then turn our attention to the true meaning of rigor. Lots of homework is a sign of rigor.Rigor means doing more.Rigor is not for everyone.Providing support means lessening rigor.Resources equal rigor.Standards alone take care of rigor.Rigor is just one more thing to do. 1. For many people the best indicator of rigor is the amount of homework required of students. Realistically, all homework is not equally useful.Some of it is just busywork, assigned by teachers because principals or parents expect it. 2. “Doing more” often means doing more low-level activities, frequently repetitions of things already learned. Rigorous and challenging learning experiences will vary with the student. 3. Often, teachers think the only way to assure success for everyone is to lower standards and lessen rigor.

Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications. PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC assessments. Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each Evidence statement tables and evidence statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students.

These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards, and highlight their advances especially around the coherent nature of the standards. Two content-specific PowerPoints have been developed to provide overviews of various specifications and to assist in interpreting the information included in them. FAQs PARCC Blueprints and Test Specifications FAQ (PDF) PARCC Releases Additional Sample Items and Looks for Educator Feedback. On November 6, 2013, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) common assessment consortium released a second set of sample items, providing a window into the field test to be given in Spring 2014 and the assessments’ full roll out in the 2014–15 school year. This release marked yet another milestone in the long journey to develop high-quality tasks that educators in the field would find useful for themselves and their students. Last year, PARCC released a set of item prototypes that received positive feedback from the field.

Although these prototypes were aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they were still a “best guess” at what types of items would be on the tests—ranging from technology enhanced, quick response items to longer performance-based tasks that would measure multiple standards and fully capture student learning. The sample items aim to capture the spirit of the standards and assessments in a new way.

HELP!! PARCC Testing Acronyms: EBSR/TECR | Partner in Education. A timely question by Darren Burris sparked my realization that many don’t know how PARCC is going to assess students. My virtual educational colleague, Darren Burris, recently inquired about PARCC’s growing list of acronyms. Specifically, Darren wanted to know more about the EBSR or Evidence-Based Selected-Response, a multiple choice item designed by PARCC to assess not only the accuracy of test-takers reading responses but also the evidence they used to draw those conclusions.

As you can see from the screen shot, Darren’s tweet that was followed up by others asking what EBSR meant. I replied to Darren’s question through a series of tweets, but both his inquiry and the interested spike among other Twitter peeps made me realize that many are not yet knowledgeable much less comfortable with the format of the new assessment. What is an EBSR? Essentially, an EBSR is like a conventional multiple choice question. The 2-Part Item Examining the EBSR Let’s look at an example provided by PARCC. PARCCGlossary_7-01-13. Depth of Knowledge. Critical shifts. A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders. Why are some kids crying when they do homework these days? Here’s why, from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris has for more than a year chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for example).

She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens.

You can read the letter by clicking here. By Carol Burris My speech teacher came to see me. PARCCScoringofProseConstructedResponseItems-FINAL.pdf. PARCC Task Prototypes and New Sample Items for ELA/literacy. New! Try out sample test questions in their intended environment. The primary purpose of sharing samples of PARCC items is to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the PARCC tests.

The samples presented here are designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may appear in PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments. Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu. There are two types of samples found on these pages: Task Prototypes, which were released in August 2012; and, Sample Items, which were released beginning on August 19, 2013.

The task prototypes were created to provide viable early models to guide item development. The new sample items represent the current state of PARCC item development and provide users a snapshot of what the 2014-2015 assessments will look like. PowerPoints. Stage C PARCC Practice - READ 180 Community Web site Blog post - Educators Turning Lives Around. Common Core Resources for Grades 6-12 Math Teachers | Math 6-12. September 11, 2013 by jchirles As we are moving to the new standards, we may require some new materials. It can be overwhelming trying to find something “good”. I have made a list of sites that may be helpful, and posted them below. As I find specific items, I’ll post those separately. I will be keeping resources on the Resources tab at Any Grade Math Resources CCSSToolbox CCSS Toolbox Algebra Assessment PDF of their Algebra Assessment questionsCCSS Toolbox Geometry Assessment PDF of their Geometry Assessment questions CCSS Toolbox Visualizations Provide animations of a variety of topics grades 6-12 EduCore‘s Math Tools Provides formative assessment lessons for teachers. Online lesson videos for all grades, including AP courses! Illustrative Mathematics Has “illustrations” and “tasks”, which are questions for each Common Core strand and grade level. Provides videos created by teachers for a variety of topics. U.S. Education: The Age of Wisdom and Foolishness | Arthur Camins. Get Politics Newsletters: Test score "plunges" are in the news, dampening schools' traditional first day optimism just as they reopen after the summer break. Charles Dickens' opening lines in A Tale of Two Cities seem an especially apt, if ahistorical, descriptor of the current state of education in the United States. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

To teachers, administrators and parents these may seem like the dark days on the eve of destruction of public education. In each critical area for improvement, foolishness threatens wisdom. Arthur H. The misuse of Common Core tests | The Fordham Institute. So far, I am leery of both sets of official tests for the Common Core, at least in English language arts (ELA). They could endanger the promise of the Common Core. In recent years, the promise of NCLB was vitiated when test prep for reading-comprehension tests usurped the teaching of science, literature, history, civics, and the arts—the very subjects needed for good reading comprehension. In an earlier Huffington Post blog, I wrote that if students learned science, literature, history, civics, and the arts, they would do very well on the new Common Core reading tests—whatever those tests turned out to be. To my distress, many teachers commented that no, they were still going to do test prep, as any sensible teacher should, because their job and income depended on their students’ scores on the reading tests.

The scholarly proponents of the value-added approach have sent me a set of technical studies. A version of this post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

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Literacy Design Collaborative ASCD. Instructional Suggestions for ELLs: PARCC Assessment Task (Part 2) | Common Core and ELLs. In my last post, I analyzed a third grade English PARCC language arts research simulation task through an ELL lens. For that task, students are asked to read one passage (in this case, a text excerpt from the book Eliza’s Cherry Trees) and answer questions about it. Then, they read a second text (a text excerpt titled The Peanut Man) and use the two texts to complete a “prose constructed response” item. My findings related to the task for ELLs probably weren’t too surprising – largely, that the two informational texts used as a basis for the task would be difficult for ELLs at lower levels of English language proficiency to comprehend and that it would also be challenging for ELLs at lower levels of English language proficiency to score well on the “prose constructed response” item.

Effective teachers know that assessment and instruction should go hand in hand. Support for Sample Items 1 & 2 Evidence-Based Selected Response and Technology-Enhanced Constructed Response Sequence Support. PARCC%20ELA%20Sample%20Items%20Overview%20PPT%20-%20081413%20-%20FINALv3. PARCC’s 3rd grade sample test items – make time to read and this is why… | sunday cummins. PARCC_SampleItems_ELA-Literacy_Grade6Items_081513_Final_0. Common Core Questions. A Conversation About Rigor, with Grant Wiggins — Part 2. Analysis of a PARCC ELA Assessment Task Through an ELL Lens (Part 1) | Common Core and ELLs. SmarterBalance ELA grade 11 assessment.