Monday, December 21, 2015

New Formative Assessment Tools

Have you or your colleagues ever wondered how they can support and prepare students in Kindergarten, first and second grade with opportunities to engage in tasks and learning opportunities similar to those they will experience on state assessments? Recently PARCC released 16 ELA and 16 Math performance tasks which are designed to engage students in learning while teachers observe how students demonstrate proficiencies with respect to the standards embedded in the tasks. These task include formative tools which can be used to inform instructional decisions. Click here to access the formative assessment tools (you will have to create a user name. The first time login code is MA1788, after initially logging in you will be prompted to create your own password).

Each grade features 2 literary tasks and informational reading tasks (grades K-2). Each ELA task is broken into three files. The first file provides access to the actual performance task (full day by day lesson plans- see example below), the second file contains the copyrighted text (full texts, in color!) and the third file provides resources needed to accompany the task. These materials are currently free, however, we anticipate PEARSON will be charging for these resources within the near future.

Additionally, PARCC has released

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