The following is information contained in a presentation by Principal Bryant on the PARCC assessment that grades 3 – 5th students at Stoddert take in the spring.
PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
The partnership is a group of states which worked together to develop an assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests. The assessment is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which DCPS adopted in 2011.
The PARCC assessment is for students in grades 3-8 and students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, and English I & II. Fourteen states and DC field-tested PARCC assessments in SY13/14. Eleven states and DC took PARCC assessments in SY14/15.
Participating States: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
How are PARCC tests different than previous standardized tests?
PARCC tests are taken on computer. They can also be taken with paper and pencil to accommodate students with special needs Students are required to show their work and explain their reasoning instead of just choosing an answer.
PARCC test questions look for the right answer, and for evidence that the student understands and can apply concepts.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) & WRITING
Students read and analyze passages from complex texts – fiction and non-fiction – and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they’ve learned from the passages and media to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace.
In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span (elementary, middle school and high school). PARCC measures writing at every grade level.
Students solve multi- step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. Many previous math assessments focused mostly on rote procedure.
PARCC SCORE REPORTS
Your child’s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on- track with grade-level expectations.
Level 1 = did not yet meet expectations
Level 2 = partially met expectations
Level 3 = approached expectations
Level 4 = met expectations
Level 5 = exceeded expectations
The score reports also provide information about subsets of skills that show where your child excels and where he or she may need more support.
Will the PARCC test be different in 2016?
Yes. In 2015, the test was given in two separate parts: the performance-based test in early spring, and the end- of-year test near the end of the school year.
In 2016, these parts will be combined into one 30-day window. The total testing time will also be adjusted: the math test will be 60 minute shorter; the ELA test will be 30 minutes shorter.
SY15/16 PARCC Testing Window is April 11 – May 20.
SAMPLE TEST ITEMS
Typical Standardized Test 5th-Grade Math Question:
The town of La Paz, Bolivia is in the Andes Mountains. Which of these units could be used to describe the distance La Paz is above sea level?
C. Cubic Inches
PARCC 5th-Grade Math Question:
Mr. Edmunds shared 12 pencils among his four sons as follows: Alan received 1/3 of the pencils, Carl received more than 1 pencil, Bill received 1⁄4 of the pencils, David received more pencils than Carl..
PART A: On the number line, represent the fraction of the total number of pencils that was given to both Alan and Bill combined. Use the buttons on the right to increase or decrease the number of equal sections on the number line.
PART B: What fraction of the total number of pencils did Carl and David each receive?
Justify your answer.
Typical Standardized Test 5th Grade ELA Question:
Which two words are synonyms for heap?
For this question, students must identify the meaning of words without context.
PARCC 5th-Grade ELA Question:
PART A: What is the meaning of the word “dictate” as it is used in paragraph 23*? (* Students will have a reading passage in front of them with numbered paragraphs to which they can refer.)
PART B: Which phrase helps the reader understand the meaning of dictate?
A. ..”recreate the tree house..”
B. ..”determine the shape..”
C. ..”is less expensive to build..”
D. ..”has all the time in the world..”
In PART A, students have the advantage of the reading passage to gather meaning.
In PART B, students are asked to find words in the reading passage that back up their choice in PART A.
PARCC 7th Grade ELA Question:
You have read a website entry and an article as well as viewed a video describing Amelia Earhart. All three include information that supports the claim that Earhart was a brave, courageous person.
The titles are: “The Biography of Amelia Earhart”; “Earhart’s Final Resting Place Believed to be Found”; and “Amelia Earhart’s Life and Disappearance”(video)
Consider the argument each author uses to demonstrate Earhart’s bravery. Write an essay that analyzes the strength of the arguments related to Earhart’s bravery in at least two of the three supporting materials. Remember to use textual evidence to support your ideas.