Changes to PARCC for the 2015-2016 School Year
The PARCC Governing Board voted to consolidate the two testing windows into one and reduce total test time for most students by 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The vote came in response to school district feedback during the first year of testing and a careful review of the test design. The decision will make the test easier for schools and districts to administer, takes less student time in most instances, and also reduces the amount of time necessary to administer the test. The exam will continue to align to the new Illinois Learning Standards and maintain its focus on critical thinking, concept mastery, and writing skills. The PARCC assessment will also still provide reliable and valid information about student achievement that students, their families, teachers, and schools can use to improve teaching and learning for individual students and for students as a group.
Link to the Illinois State Board of Education announcement
The State of Illinois has replaced the familiar ISAT (Illinois Standard Achievement Test) with the PARCC Assessment. PARCC stands for The Partnership for Assessment of readiness for College and Careers. The PARCC Assessment goal is to ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for success in college and the work place.
The ISAT test was a paper- pencil, multiple choice assessment that did not measure students' higher level thinking skills or ask students to apply the knowledge that they learned. The PARCC assessment is aligned to Common Core State Standards. PARCC assessment will ask students to repond to a variety of question types, show their work, explain their reasoning, and critique other's work. In addition, students will be adjusting to a new testing environment. Most students will be taking the PARCC assessment on a computer device.
For additional information visit:
Illinois State Board of Education Parent Resources
PTA Parent Guide to PARCC Assessment
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