PARCC – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

My last post was about Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) because my home state of Iowa will be using these in the future.  That post  included a link to some sample assessment items as they will look online and additional released SBAC test items.  Today’s post  provides a brief glimpse into the sample assessments currently available from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Item and Task prototypes can be found  for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics at http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

Representative Samples

Summative assessments for ELA are available at the following grade-level links.  Do click on the pdf’s below the task for additional information about teacher directions and the intent of the task.

Permissions are still pending so the entire task is NOT yet posted for any grade level. The link does describe the “type of assessment” that is included.

Grade 3  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-3-tecr-end-year-assessment

Grade 6  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-6-prose-constructed-response-narrative-writing-task

Grade 7  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-7-prose-constructed-response-research-simulation-task-0

Grade 10 http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-10-prose-constructed-response%E2%80%94sample-1-literary-analysis

How could you use this information?

Discussions at your grade level could center around these questions:

Is this the text that your students are reading? Do you have common formative assessments at your grade level?

These samples could help you frame common tasks and instruction for reading, writing, and speaking!  Should you assess your students using these tasks?  ONLY, if you have provided instruction that would be aligned with the tasks! 🙂

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