Last week PARCC announced that they will be shortening the English Language Arts/Literacy End of the Year Test administered this year. This revision is a result of the PARCC field testing done last spring. How is this change going to affect you? Here is the nitty gritty of the change.
PARCC will reduce the number of reading passages and test questions. In grades 3-5, PARCC is dropping two sets of reading passages and 13 test questions. For grades 6-11, one reading passage and 4 test questions will be dropped. These changes will not affect the range of standards being measured through this test, rather it reduces the number of test questions used to measure a certain standard. At this point, it is unclear if this will impact the testing time, which has been a concern for test administrators. There may be more revisions as PARCC continues to analyze the data collected from the field test.
One final note, many people have inquired about websites and resources available for students to use in preparation for the PARCC test. The PARCC released items is one great place to start. Here you can have students see how the questions are structured and practice skills such as "drag and drop". In addition, Ohio (a state in the PARCC consortium) has compiled a Pearltree, that organizes an extensive list of online interactive activities. This list is a great place for educators to look through to better understand the technology tools and lingo used within the PARCC test. Additionally, this list provides multiple resources and information for teachers to provide exposure and experience for their students.