Tag Archives: PARCC

Shanahan on Test Preparation—What not to do

In a presentation titled, “What Not to do to Prepare for the Assessments,”Common Core Work Team Member Dr. Timothy Shanahan share some provocative insights into PARCC and SBAC. Among these is his claim that test preparation likely does not work. … Continue reading

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Assessment and the Common Core

In the video linked here, David Pearson, former dean of the Graduate School of Education at University California, Berkeley, moves viewers through the coming PARCC and SBAC assessments and the implications for instruction. At minute 5:47, he begins an overview … Continue reading

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CTP at ToPPP Grant Showcase

The ToPPP Grant Showcase, a 13-member consortium in Washinton, D.C., is featuring school leaders, partner organizations, teachers, representatives from PARCC and the Core Task Project. They have gathered these educators to spur dialogue around the question: How can collaboration support … Continue reading

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Core Task Project Shared on EdWeek Webinar

EdWeek generously allowed us to share the Core Task Project (CTP) with their community. During the one-hour webinar, the CTP was described including its history, resources used during implementation, and how it has moved from a three week professional learning … Continue reading

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Free Programs to Help Students Learn to Type

As many of you know, portions of the 2014-2015 PARCC and SBAC assessments will require students to type their responses to questions. (You can take the SBAC practice test here.) Consequently, there is a renewed push to help students become … Continue reading

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August 2nd A&S Meeting Materials

The Instructional Practice Guides were included in the August 2nd Administrative and Supervisory meeting. For the 400 in attendance, work centered on learning the context and basic construct of the guides before engaging in an application piece. You can download … Continue reading

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Common Core Test Costs

EdWeek reports on what it will costs states, per student, to administer their exams in ELA and math. For PARCC, this works out to be $29.50 per student and for SBAC, $22.50 per student. For an additional $4.80 per student, … Continue reading

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Wagner’s 21st Century Learning Skills and the CCSS

Teach Indy has helpfully posted a professional development video that overviews the Common Core State Standards, the instructional shifts, and several PARCC performance tasks here. In addition to the aforementioned, the presenters in the video make explicit connections between Tony … Continue reading

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The CCSS and Evidenced-Centered Design

If you are trying to understand how SBAC and PARCC will be assessing students in 2014-2015, the following webinar by Alliance for Excellent Education, provides a number of answers. Joan Herman, at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains Evidenced-Centered Design … Continue reading

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What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and SBAC Sample Assessment Items

2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares some insight into the new assessment items released by SBAC and PARCC. She reveals her enthusiasm for the items because she sees them as validation of good instruction. She highlights the … Continue reading

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