Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ESE Wants to Hear From You About PARCC

With the PARCC Performance Based Test a recent memory and the End of Year Assessment coming down the line, what better time to provide feedback on your experience thus far to the PARCC Team.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) will be holding a series of forums across the state to provide  public opportunities for educators, parents and educational stakeholders to comment on the PARCC test. Unable to attend one of these meetings? Do not fret. Those unable to attend can send their thoughts and experience to boe@doe.mass.edu. More information on the forum structure and details can be found here.

Each forum will begin with information on a variety of topics provided by educators from throughout the state. A list of topics and forum location and dates are listed below.
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Fitchburg State University, Hammond Hall, 3pm

Topic: Test administration (non-technology) issues, including:
-Ease of administration of PARCC paper test compared to MCAS
-Use of timed tests
-Splitting test into two parts (PBA and EOY)
-Responsiveness of DESE and Pearson call centers
-Special accommodations


Monday, May 18, 2015, Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 4pm

Topic: Test administration – technology issues, including:
-Issues and problems with delivering the online test
·        -Studentsadjustment to online test
-Advantages/disadvantages of moving to an online platform
·        - District readiness for online tests

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Bridgewater State University, Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom, 4pm

Topic: Test content – English language arts, including:
-Alignment of test content to curriculum frameworks
-Clarity of test items
-Grade appropriateness of test items
-Comparison of MCAS and PARCC test content


Monday, June 22, 2015, North Shore Community College – Lynn Campus, Gymnasium, 4pm
Topic: Test content – mathematics, including:
-Alignment of test content to curriculum frameworks
·         -Clarity of test items
·         -Grade appropriateness of test items
·         -Comparison of MCAS and PARCC test content

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Springfield Technical Community College, Top of Our City Conference Center, 4pm

Topic: College/career readiness – high school tests, including:
          -Alignment with expected proficiency levels for credit-bearing college coursework
-Usefulness as a tool for college placement
-Relationship to competency determination

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