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1 1 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers: Released Items for English Language Arts Mary Beth Banios, Assistant Superintendent Shrewsbury, MA Public Schools Robin Getzen, High School ELA Teacher Lenox, MA Public Schools Susan Wheltle, Director of Literacy and Humanities, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education January 23, 2014

2 Basics on the Common Core State Standards and PARCC Previewing the PARCC ELA assessments A close look at ELA items for grades 10, 3, and 6 PARCC Transition Plan for Massachusetts Agenda 2

3 3 PARCC 101: The Basics PARCC is based on the Common Core State Standards, which are included in the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. The ultimate purpose of the standards and assessments is to prepare students for success after high school.

4 46 States + DC Have Adopted the Common Core State Standards *Minnesota adopted the CCSS in ELA/literacy only 4

5 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) 5

6 Key ELA Shifts in the Common Core ANCHORED IN COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS 6

7 Common Core to PARCC 7

8 Assessment Design English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, Grades 3-11 End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) Innovative, computer-based items Required Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) Extended tasks Applications of concepts and skills Required Diagnostic 2-8 / K-1 Formative Assessments Early indicator of student knowledge and skills to inform instruction, supports, and PD Non-summative 2 Optional Assessments/Flexible Administration Mid-Year Assessment Performance-based Emphasis on hard- to-measure standards Potentially summative Locally scored Speaking And Listening Assessment Locally scored Non-summative, required, not included in summative score 8

9 Administration Time PARCC estimates that students will spend the approximate times below to complete the PARCC performance-based and end-of-year assessments in ELA/literacy and math: 8 hours annually in 3 rd grade Just over 9 hours in grades 4–5 A little less than 9 ½ hours in middle school A little more than 9 ½ hours in high school Schools and districts will have a maximum of one four- week window to complete the administration of the performance-based and another maximum four-week window to complete the end-of-year tests. 9

10 PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual November 2013 Second Edition Release 10

11 PARCC Comprehensive Accessibility Policies Features for All Students Accessibility Features* Identified in advance Accommodations ** * Available to all participating students **For students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities 11

12 Accessibility Features for All Students Audio Amplification Blank Paper (provided by test administrator) Eliminate Answer Choices Flag Items for Review General Administration Directions Clarified (by test administrator) General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated (by test administrator) Highlight Tool Headphones Magnification/Enlargement Device NotePad Pop-Up Glossary Redirect Student to Test (by test administrator) Spell Checker Writing Tools Line Reader Tool 12

13 Accessibility Features Identified in Advance Answer Masking Background/Font Color (Color Contrast) General Masking Text-to-Speech for the Mathematics Assessments 13

14 PARCC ELA Sample Item Review 14

15 Headlines Question Types  Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR)  Technology Enhanced Constructed Response (TECR)  Prose Constructed Response (PCR) Performance-Based Assessment Tasks  Literary analysis  Narrative writing  Research simulation 15

16 Headlines Structure of Performance Based Assessment Tasks:  Read several related texts, one of which may be a video  Answer questions after each text/video  Complete writing task to demonstrate understanding and synthesis across all texts/videos  Note how EBSR and TECR questions for each text build toward synthesis across all texts/videos 16

17 Headlines The ELA assessment will include questions based on both literary and informational texts – Literary texts may include prose, poetry, and drama – Informational texts may include essays, memoirs, letters, biographies, texts or videos in history/social science, science, technical subjects, and the arts – There may be questions on maps, graphs, charts, or illustrations embedded in informational texts 17

18 Students carefully consider two literary texts worthy of close study. They are asked to answer a few EBSR and TECR questions about each text to demonstrate their ability to do close analytic reading and to compare and synthesize ideas. Students write a literary analysis about the two texts. Understanding the Literary Analysis Task 18

19 Literary Analysis (EBSR) Grade 10 19

20 Literary Analysis (TECR) Grade 10 20

21 Literary Analysis (PCR) Grade 10 21

22 Students begin by reading an anchor text that introduces the topic. EBSR and TECR items ask students to gather key details about the passage to support their understanding. Students read two additional sources and answer a few questions about each text to learn more about the topic, so they are ready to write the final essay and to show their reading comprehension. Finally, students mirror the research process by synthesizing their understandings into a writing that uses textual evidence from the sources. Understanding the Research Simulation Task 22

23 Research Simulation (EBSR) Grade 3 23

24 Research Simulation (EBSR) Grade 3 24

25 Research Simulation (Video Example) Grade 7 25

26 Students read one brief text and answer a few questions to help clarify their understanding of the text(s). Students then write a narrative story. Understanding a Narrative Writing Task Based on a Literary Text 26

27 Grade 6 Julie of the Wolves was a winner of the Newbery Medal in This text, about a young Eskimo girl surviving on her own in the tundra by communicating with wolves, offers a story rich with characterization and imagery that will appeal to a diverse student population. Texts Worth Reading 27

28 Narrative Writing (EBSR) Grade 6 Julie of the Wolves Which statement best describes the central idea of the text? a)Miyax is far from home and in need of help. * b)Miyax misses her father and has forgotten the lessons he taught her. c)Miyax is cold and lacks appropriate clothing. d)Miyax is surrounded by a pack of unfriendly wolves. 28

29 Narrative Writing (EBSR) Grade 6 Julie of the Wolves Which sentence best helps develop the central idea? a)“Miyax pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun.” b)“Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax; and the very life in her body, its spark and warmth, depended upon these wolves for survival.”* c)“The next night the wolf called him from far away and her father went to him and found a freshly killed caribou.” d)He had ignored her since she first came upon them, two sleeps ago.” 29

30 What does the word regal mean as it is used in the passage? a)generous b)threatening c)kingly* d)uninterested Narrative Writing (EBSR) Grade 6 Julie of the Wolves 30

31 Narrative Writing (PCR) Grade 6 Julie of the Wolves In the passage, the author developed a strong character named Miyax. Think about Miyax and the details the author used to create that character. The passage ends with Miyax waiting for the black wolf to look at her. Write an original story to continue where the passage ended. In your story, be sure to use what you have learned about the character Miyax as you tell what happens to her next. 31

32 PARCC Online Test Samples Test drive the ELA and math assessment items! The Technology Platform: Notes about the online test sample: Safari, Chrome (PC), Firefox 14 or higher Some functionality on iPad 2 Additional ELA and math items: 32

33 Massachusetts Transition Plan The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has voted to “test drive” PARCC – Spring-Fall 2014: Field Test and Analysis of Field Test Data – Winter-Spring : MA Schools Administer first PARCC operational tests – Summer-Fall 2015: Standard setting for PARCC tests; Board votes on whether or not to adopt PARCC 33

34 Resources Any publicly released assessment policies, evidence tables, item prototypes, PARCC Model Content Frameworks, and other valuable resources can be found at Information on PARCC Transition Plan and Field Tests in Massachusetts: (MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) /parcc.asp (MA Department of Higher Education) /parcc.asp 34

35 Thank You 35


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