A Walk in the PARCC

The results from our first administration of the PARCC are in with all individual score reports being mailed prior to winter break.  The results were reviewed in an evening meeting on December 16th with the presentation being attached to this post.

Some of the concerns that I’ve heard include:

  1.  What will PARCC results be used for?
  2. What happens if my student did not take or did not pass the PARCC?
  3. What will this year’s PARCC exam look like?

At this point in time, the results from PARCC are providing some very basic baseline data and may be helpful to us when looking at things like curricular sequencing and pacing.  At this point and due to the varied circumstances surrounding the administration of PARCC, we do not feel the data can be used to draw any type of firm conclusions about teaching and learning.  We are supposed to receive more itemized analysis of actual questions later in 2016 which may provide some additional information that we can use to help us guide instruction.

If your student did not take, or did not pass the PARCC they must still meet the state testing requirement which can be satisfied through meeting the cut score on the  PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, or Accuplacer.  There is a chart in the attached power point that gives detailed information on that criteria.  All students through 2019 will have the opportunity to meet the state testing requirement by meeting one of those benchmarks.

This year’s PARCC administration will consist of one window – not two as we had last year.  While the number of administrations went from 2 to 1 – the length of each unit in the test did increase somewhat.  A major difference from last year to this year is the design of the PARCC schedule.  We will NOT be pulling students out of class to test.  All students will be testing with their tested subject during the period that the tested subject meets.   A sample of the actual schedule is also on the attached power point.  We will be testing for 12 days as opposed to 22 and no student should test more than 3 blocks for English language arts and 3 blocks for math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II).  The PARCC administration will begin when we return from spring break.

You will see that RHS scored consistently above the state average as well as above the overall average for all PARCC states.  This is good information to have and as we collect more relevant data we can begin to use it to better inform us as to our areas of strength and areas that we need to enhance.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding PARCC as we get closer to the actual administration in April 2016.