Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Latest and Greatest from PARCC

Even though we are still anxiously awaiting the release of the ELA end of the year (EOY) assessment, PARCC has been busy releasing and updating current online functions.  With the performance based test right around the corner here is the latest and greatest from PARCC.


Notepad is here! One of the newest features allows students to annotate as they read through the assessment. This tool has just been released, and is not part of the online tools tutorial. To access the notepad, click on the icon in-between the arrow and the X (question eliminator) on any of the practice tests. Students taking both the paper or computer based test will be able to use a scrap piece of paper, however it is worth having them practice using this tool when you can!

The Teaching Channel has created an excellent video that introduces Planning ELA Instruction with PARCC Tools. After viewing this resource you can download the ELA Performance-Based Assessment Task Flowchart. Finally, the Teaching Channel has released six videos used for analyzing and learning from sample PARCC assessment items. The videos and their links are posted below.

  1. Identifying Texts Worth Reading
  2. Connecting Texts to ELA Standards
  3. The Power of Pairing Texts to Demonstrate Standards
  4. Assessing Text Complexity
  5. Unpacking Sample Assessment Items
  6. Designing Purposeful ELA Instruction

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