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1 1 PARCC Update for MA Legislature June 25, 2014 Commissioners: Mitchell Chester (Elementary and Secondary) Higher Education (Richard Freeland) Bob Bickerton, MCAS-PARCC Transitions Coordinator Maureen LaCroix, Special Assistant

2 Agenda 1.PURPOSE: Improve Student Success 2.MA Continuous Improvement & Leadership 3.Test Drive: Year One Spring 2014 PARCC Field Tests 4.District, School & Educator Engagement 5.Test Drive: Year Two Spring 2015 District Choice – PARCC or MCAS Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2

3 Improve Student Success  MA legacy of rigorous standards and assessments  #1 nationally & top tier internationally  Lessons learned: What we must improve  More than 1 in 3 HS graduates who enroll in public higher education require non-credit bearing remedial courses  Historic agreement between K-12 & Higher Education  Enroll directly in credit bearing freshman courses  Assessment that reflects the world our children live in  More comprehensive & authentic assessments Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 3

4 MA Continuous Improvement & Leadership  Next generation standards  Teams of MA educators convened to upgrade English language arts (English Language Arts- ELA) & Math Frameworks in 2008  Merged development teams with “Common Core” multi-state process sponsored by NGA and CCSSO; extensive field contributions & comments  Board set high bar before adopting in 2010 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 4

5 MA Continuous Improvement & Leadership  Next generation assessments  Application of skills, online testing included when MCAS was rebid in 2009 – stalled by recession  MA set high bar when joined consortium of PARCC states – to adopt, PARCC must be better than MCAS  To drive PARCC to be a better assessment than MCAS  Commissioner Chester chairs governing board  Commissioner Freeland co-chairs the higher education board  DESE staff & MA educators deeply engaged to ensure quality Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 5

6 Where We are on the 2-Year PARCC “Test Drive” Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education BESE votes on 2-year “test drive” Mar-Jun 2014 PBA and EOY field tests Jun*-Oct 1, 2014 Districts choose PARCC or MCAS 2015 Operational PARCC and MCAS testing Fall 2015 BESE votes whether to adopt PARCC 2016 PARCC is implemented or t ransition begins to another “next-gen” assessment Today *June 30 is PARCC “guarantee” deadline

7 Competency Determination  MA high school graduation testing requirement for English Language Arts & Mathematics will continue to be based upon the 10 th grade MCAS through the class of 2019  The “class of 2019” students are in 7 th grade today and will take the 10 th grade tests in 2017  The graduation requirement for Science will continue to be based upon 9 th & 10 th grade MCAS tests for the foreseeable future Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 7

8 PARCC Field Test Update  Most schools in Massachusetts participated  Approx. 81,000 students in 1,050 schools in 345 districts  March 24 to April 11: Performance Based Assessment window  41,000 students tested online  17,000 students tested with pencil and paper  May 5 to June 6: End of Year Assessment window  33,500 students tested online  14,500 students tested with pencil and paper Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 8

9 Feedback from 37,000 Students & 371 Test Proctors about PARCC Online  The majority of students  Liked taking online tests over paper-and-pencil tests  Said they had enough time to answer questions, found typing ELA questions “easy,” – that they had been taught the content & skills covered by the test  Found answering math questions more challenging  Use a computer or tablet regularly at home (87%) & in school (60%)  The vast majority of test proctors  Had never before administered an online test (81%)  Agreed that testing time was sufficient for most students  Cited need to improve training & support from the vendor Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 9

10 District, School & Educator Engagement  MA educators  From grades 3-11 participated in the review of thousands of PARCC items  Include 24 PARCC Fellows (18 K-12, 6 public H.E.)  Participate on the PARCC Advisory Committee convened by Commissioners Chester & Freeland  ESE staff & PARCC Fellows  Have completed more than 100 PARCC presentations across the state – including trainings in support of implementation of the 2010 standards for ELA & Math  Provided additional training & support to districts & schools involved in the PARCC field test  Will increase support in preparation for 2015 operational tests Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 10

11 The PARCC or MCAS Choice in 2015  MCAS is familiar  Schools, parents & students look forward to reviewing their results & comparing to prior years  PARCC is new  PARCC designed to assess the full range of 2010 ELA & Math standards – including college readiness  Students & schools participating in PARCC will have a head start demonstrating their readiness for a next generation assessment  MCAS is 17 years old this year – we need to upgrade whether or not PARCC is the right test Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 11

12  The accountability levels of schools administering PARCC will stay the same or improve – they cannot decline  Schools administering MCAS will be classified into a level as usual, & will not be held harmless. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 12 “Hold Harmless” for Schools Administering PARCC in 2015

13 The PARCC/MCAS Choice (Spring 2015)  Students will take either PARCC or MCAS next year  The technology challenge:  Most schools require more devices and/or bandwidth  Schools that are ready to administer PARCC online may do so; additional support will be provided by the PARCC assessment vendor & ESE staff  Schools that are not ready to test online can choose to administer the paper-and-pencil version of PARCC  ESE will issue full parent, school, & district reports – whether districts test with PARCC or MCAS Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 13

14 Technology Funding  Federal eRate  The FCC has sharpened the focus of eRate funding on K-12 technology infrastructure  Funding is doubled to $2B over the coming two years  State Education Technology Bond Bill  First since 1999  Submitted by Governor, passed House, reported favorably by Senate Bond Committee  Would provide $38M for K-12 technology Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 14

15 The PARCC/MCAS Choice Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 15  The deadline for districts to choose PARCC or MCAS is October 1, 2014  A “choice guarantee” is offered to districts that submit their choice by June 30 th  The PARCC/MCAS choice is binding after June 30 th  Districts may change which schools will test online & which will administer the paper-and-pencil version through October 31, 2014  The 2015 MCAS & PARCC testing windows are: MCAS 2015 Testing Dates  ELA testing window: March 23-April 6  Math and G5/G8 STE testing window: May 4-May 19  HS STE testing window: June 2-5 PARCC 2015 Testing Dates (tentative)  Performance-Based Assessment: March 16-April 10 for computer-based testing; March 23-April 3 for paper-based testing  End-of-Year: May 4-29 for computer-based testing; May for paper-based testing * Grades 9 and 11 are optional and subject to appropriation

16 District Choice Through 6/24/14 GRADES # DIS- TRICTS MCASPARCC #%#% Grades %10455% Grades 9 and/or N/A 3825% Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 16 84% of Districts have responded “Early Decision” Choices due June 30 Requests made between June 30 & October 1 are subject to availability

17  RIGOR (achievement expectations)  MCAS/PARCC comparison  QUALITY  Items aligned with full range of & full continuum of student performance  Provides valid & reliable assessment of students’ knowledge, skills & abilities  COVERAGE  Provides measures of student performance on all standards, including the hardest to assess + TECHNOLOGY Readiness and Paper Option Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 17 PARCC: Anticipated Decision Criteria in Fall 2015

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