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1 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers June 2011

2 The Common Core State Standards Initiative 2 Beginning in the spring of 2009, Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state K-12 standards In June 2010, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were released by NGA and CCSSO To date, 44 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Standards Most states intend to implement the new standards by the 2014-15 school year

3 44 States + DC Have Adopted the Common Core State Standards *Minnesota adopted the CCSS in ELA only

4 The Common Core State Standards Initiative 4 Preparation: The standards are college- and career-ready. They will help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school. Competition: The standards are internationally benchmarked. Common standards will help ensure our students are globally competitive. Equity: Expectations are consistent for all – and not dependent on a student’s zip code. Clarity of purpose: The standards are focused, coherent, and clear. Clearer standards help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them. Collaboration opportunity: The standards create a foundation to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to create curricular tools, professional development, common assessments and other materials.

5 Reading Balance of literature and informational texts Focus on text complexity and what students read Writing Emphasis on argument and informative/explanatory writing Writing about sources (evidence) Speaking and Listening Inclusion of formal and informal talk Language Stress on academic and domain-specific vocabulary Address reading and writing across the curriculum Responsibility of teachers in those subjects Complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects Key Advances in the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards 5

6 Focus and coherence Focus on key topics at each grade level Coherent progressions across grade levels Depth over breadth Allows more time for mastery Balance of concepts and skills Content standards require both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency Mathematical practices Foster reasoning and sense-making in mathematics Key Advances in the Common Core Math Standards 6

7 About PARCC

8 Race to the Top Assessment Program Competition $350 million of Race to the Top Fund set aside for awards to consortia of states to design and develop common K-12 assessment systems aligned to common, college- and career-ready standards In Sept. 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded grants to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) 8

9 PARCC is an alliance of 25 states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers PARCC is state-led and a subset of PARCC states make up its Governing Board Collectively the PARCC states educate more than 31 million students — nearly 63% of K-12 students attending American public schools 9 About PARCC

10 PARCC States 10 Governing Board States Participating States

11 11 PARCC Governance Governing Board States AZ, AR, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN Governing Board ChairMassachusetts Commissioner Mitchell Chester Fiscal Agent State Florida US Education Department award is to Florida on behalf of 25 states to oversee budget, procurement, and reporting functions Project Management Partner Achieve Achieve is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship

12 12 PARCC Committee Structure Governing Board Deals with major policy issues Leadership Team (LT) Responsible for operation and management Content Leads Groups responsible for aspects of content- specific areas Operational Working Groups (OWG) Responsible for day-to- day-aspects of specific areas Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) Advises Governing Board on postsecondary issues Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Responsible for technical and research work Technical Working Groups (TWG) Domain-specific technical advisors, appointed by TAC and Leadership Technical Advisors Specific technical advisors appointed as needed Postsecondary Leadership Team Responsible for postsecondary engagement to advance college readiness Steering Committee

13 The PARCC Vision

14 1.Create high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards 2.Build a pathway to college and career readiness for all students 3.Support educators in the classroom 4.Better utilize technology 5.Compare results across districts and states, and determine how students compare to their international peers 6.Advance accountability 14 The PARCC Vision for Next Generation Assessments

15 Through-course ASSESSMENT4 Speaking Listening 25% Through-course ASSESSMENT 1 ELA Math 50% Through-course ASSESSMENT 2 ELA Math 90% END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT 75% Through-course ASSESSMENT 3 ELA Math PARTNERSHIP RESOURCE CENTER: Digital library of released items, formative assessments, model content frameworks, model instructional supports, student and educator tutorials and sample items, scoring training modules, and professional development materials Summative assessment for accountability Required, but not used tor accountability 15 Proposed PARCC Design English Language Arts and Mathematics, Grades 3 - 11

16 Unprecedented collaborative effort across states Anchored in CCSS – and what it takes to be prepared Range of item types that match demands of CCSS Common cut scores/performance levels across states based on evidence of what it takes to be successful Computer delivered to allow for innovative item types and quick turn around of results 16 Key advances in the PARCC vision:

17 Implementation and Instructional Support & Next Steps

18 To support state efforts to successfully implement and transition to the Common Core State Standards and next generation assessments by the 2014-15 school year, PARCC will facilitate: – Consortium-wide support for strategic planning and collective problem solving for the implementation of CCSS and PARCC assessments; – Collaborative efforts to develop the highest priority instructional tools; – Multi-state support to build leadership cadres of educators who are deeply engaged in the use of those tools, the CCSS and the PARCC assessments. – Multi-state support to engage the postsecondary community around the design and use of the assessments 18 PARCC’s Implementation Support & Stakeholder Engagement

19 19 PARCC Timeline SY 2011-12 Development begins SY 2012-13 First year pilot/field testing and related research and data collection SY 2013-14 Second year pilot/field testing and related research and data collection SY 2014-15 Full administration of PARCC assessments SY 2010-11 Launch and design phase Summer 2015 Set achievement levels, including college-ready performance levels

20 20 Key Challenges for PARCC Implementation Challenges Estimating costs over time, including long- term budgetary planning Transitioning to the new assessments at the classroom level Ensuring long-term sustainability Building on CCSS implementation Policy Challenges Student supports and interventions Accountability High school course requirements College admissions/ placement How to change perceptions about what next-gen assessments can and will do Technical Challenges Developing an interoperable technology platform Transitioning to an computer-based assessment system Developing and implementing automated scoring systems and processes Identifying effective, innovative item types

21 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers June 2011

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