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PARCC
Assessment
Field Test Update
November 4, 2013
Transition to New, More Rigorous
Standards
 Common Core State Standards:
2010 MA Curriculum Frameworks for ELA/Literacy a...
Why PARCC?
Why Now?
Why Do We Need A New
Assessment?
Common Core State Standards: MA 2010
ELA & Math Standards incorporate the Common Core.
1....
PARCC Field Test
Spring 2014
Spring 2014 PARCC Field Test
 Approximately 15% of MA students in grades 3-11
• randomly selected, by grade and classroom...
Who has been selected for the
MURSD Field Test
School

Grade

Test Type

Subject

# of Classes

Clough

3

PBA

ELA

2

Mi...
MCAS Testing Window for
Spring 2014
ELA Testing: March 17-31, 2014
Math Testing: May 5-20
Science & Technology/Engineer...
Considerations for
Accountability
Making a Recommendation to the Commissioner
Accountability in 2013/14
Districts have THIS option:

For those students selected to take a PARCC field
test: the distric...
Why this option is problematic
Less information about the effectiveness of the
curriculum and instruction: We get NO
INFO...
For those districts that opt out
of MCAS….
DESE is considering different options to
determine Accountability ratings for ...
Option 1: Grade Level Exception
School is given the highest score (CPI, Percent
Proficient, SGP) of:

Calculations includ...
Option 1: Grade Level Exception
Pro

Con

Keeps accountability system Scores may not be entirely
going as per state and
ac...
Option 2: Use if Representative
We determine whether the achievement of
students who are opted out of MCAS is
representati...
Option 2: Use if Representative
Pro

Con

Keeps accountability system Requires additional data
going as per state and
coll...
How would we determine whether
the sample is representative?
We would first find out who was selected for the
PARCC field ...
PARCC Transition Plan
Timelines and Considerations
Transition Plan Timeline
November 2013: Recommendation to Board of
Education to approve PARCC Transition Plan which
includ...
Spring 2015 Administration
1. Dual administration of PARCC and MCAS, but
no double-testing of students
2. Districts choose...
The PARCC Decision
1. Rigor: We will use the results of the field test to
evaluate the rigor of PARCC items in Fall 2014

...
Recommendation to the Board
Before the final Board Decision, we will
analyze::
1. Results of 2014/15 test administration a...
Transition to PARCC:
Competency Determination
 At least through Class of 2018: Grade 10
students will take MCAS tests/ret...
Technology Questions
1. Will districts be able to access the test across
multiple technology platforms?
•

PARCC has adopt...
Quick Reminders
Only Level 4 Schools may choose to opt out
of PARCC Field Test:
1. No justification required.
2. May exer...
PARCC Timeline in MA
SYs 2011-12, 2012-13

SY 2012-13

SY 2013-14

Phase I Design &
Development
 Content

Phase II
Develo...
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Presentation given to the Mendon-Upton Regional School Committee on November 4, 2013 regarding the planned field test of the PARCC Assessment at Clough Elementary School & Miscoe Hill Middle School in the spring of 2014.

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  1. 1. PARCC Assessment Field Test Update November 4, 2013
  2. 2. Transition to New, More Rigorous Standards  Common Core State Standards: 2010 MA Curriculum Frameworks for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics incorporate the CCSS.  Public school districts, public charter schools, and educator preparation programs in colleges and universities are implementing the new standards • SY 2012: Introduction of 2010 standards • SY 2013: Near full implementation of 2010 standards • SY 2014: Full implementation of 2010 standards Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2
  3. 3. Why PARCC? Why Now?
  4. 4. Why Do We Need A New Assessment? Common Core State Standards: MA 2010 ELA & Math Standards incorporate the Common Core. 1. The new standards include significant changes and shifts from the prior standards. 2. MA must implement an assessment aligned to the new standards 3. MCAS would require significant changes to be fully aligned with the MA 2010 Standards 4 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  5. 5. PARCC Field Test Spring 2014
  6. 6. Spring 2014 PARCC Field Test  Approximately 15% of MA students in grades 3-11 • randomly selected, by grade and classroom • students will take portions of ELA/Lit –OR– Math  Computer-based or paper-and-pencil  Testing windows: • March 24-April 11 Performance-based assessment (PBA) in ELA & Math. • May 5-June 6 End-of-year assessment (EOY) in ELA & Math.  Grade 10 students will be selected for end-of-year (EOY) only. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 6
  7. 7. Who has been selected for the MURSD Field Test School Grade Test Type Subject # of Classes Clough 3 PBA ELA 2 Miscoe 5 EOY Math 2 Miscoe 6 PBA ELA 2 Miscoe 8 PBA ELA 2 Notes: • End-Of-Year assessments are 2 sessions (55 min each); Performance-based assessments are 3 sessions (50, 60 & 40 min for grade 3) (80, 85 & 50 min for grades 6 & 8) • At Clough: assessments are pencil & paper; at Miscoe: assessments are online (iPad app) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 7
  8. 8. MCAS Testing Window for Spring 2014 ELA Testing: March 17-31, 2014 Math Testing: May 5-20 Science & Technology/Engineering: May 6-20 8 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  9. 9. Considerations for Accountability Making a Recommendation to the Commissioner
  10. 10. Accountability in 2013/14 Districts have THIS option: For those students selected to take a PARCC field test: the district may opt out of MCAS in that subject area for those students. However, this leaves DESE and the district with less MCAS data with which to make all sorts of decisions. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 10
  11. 11. Why this option is problematic Less information about the effectiveness of the curriculum and instruction: We get NO INFORMATION from the PARCC Field Test Less information about individual student progress or a cohort of students Less information about student growth over time Our grades are more than the 15% DESE goal! Implications for the new educator evaluation system Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 11
  12. 12. For those districts that opt out of MCAS…. DESE is considering different options to determine Accountability ratings for 2014 Nothing has been determined or finalized yet Potentially confusing!! 12 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  13. 13. Option 1: Grade Level Exception School is given the highest score (CPI, Percent Proficient, SGP) of: Calculations including the field-tested grade(s) Calculations excluding the field-tested grade(s) 13 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  14. 14. Option 1: Grade Level Exception Pro Con Keeps accountability system Scores may not be entirely going as per state and accurate federal law If we exclude an atypically high performing grade, the school is harmed by having participated in the field test Won’t work for schools with only 1 tested grade (e.g., a K-3 school) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 14
  15. 15. Option 2: Use if Representative We determine whether the achievement of students who are opted out of MCAS is representative of the overall achievement in that school: 1. If student sample is skewed (high proportion of higher or lower achieving students), then school’s scores and level cannot move down (“held harmless.”) 2. If student sample was representative, then accountability determinations are made as usual. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 15
  16. 16. Option 2: Use if Representative Pro Con Keeps accountability system Requires additional data going as per state and collection and is based on a federal law judgment made by the Department 16 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  17. 17. How would we determine whether the sample is representative? We would first find out who was selected for the PARCC field test and opting out of MCAS, and compare their “predicted” 2013-14 scores to the non-selected student “predicted” 2013-14 scores. If the school is projected to be negatively impacted, they would receive a hold harmless accountability determination. It is important to note that this would be withinschool comparison and not like SGPs which are statewide comparison groups. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 17
  18. 18. PARCC Transition Plan Timelines and Considerations
  19. 19. Transition Plan Timeline November 2013: Recommendation to Board of Education to approve PARCC Transition Plan which includes the following: District Choice: Massachusetts led the way to enable districts to choose whether to administer MCAS or PARCC in 2014/15. MCAS only for Grade 10 in 2014/15 and 2015/16 MCAS for Competency Determination through Class of 2018 Budget will determine extent to which we can make PARCC end-of-course assessments available for grades 9 and 11 PARCC Test: for grades 3-8 in 2015/16 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 19
  20. 20. Spring 2015 Administration 1. Dual administration of PARCC and MCAS, but no double-testing of students 2. Districts choose PARCC or MCAS 3. PARCC will offer computer-based and paperand-pencil tests 4. For accountability, DESE is recommending a “hold harmless” policy for districts/schools that choose PARCC 20 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  21. 21. The PARCC Decision 1. Rigor: We will use the results of the field test to evaluate the rigor of PARCC items in Fall 2014 2. Quality: We are conducting comprehensive, independent reviews to evaluate PARCC’s readiness to deliver a quality assessment 3. Opportunity: We will evaluate the ability of PARCC to assess standards and measure skills and abilities we cannot assess with MCAS. 21 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  22. 22. Recommendation to the Board Before the final Board Decision, we will analyze:: 1. Results of 2014/15 test administration and the 2. Summer 2015 Standard Setting to inform the Board’s decision on whether or not to adopt PARCC in the Fall 2015. 22 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  23. 23. Transition to PARCC: Competency Determination  At least through Class of 2018: Grade 10 students will take MCAS tests/retests in ELA, Mathematics, and Science and Tech/Engineering  In spring 2015 and spring 2016, grade 10 students will take MCAS (not PARCC) for CD  MCAS retests continue through at least spring 2018  Science and Tech/Engineering tests will continue during PARCC implementation  This fall: DESE will provide updates for classes of 2019 and beyond Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 23
  24. 24. Technology Questions 1. Will districts be able to access the test across multiple technology platforms? • PARCC has adopted minimum requirements that are close to being “device agnostic” 2. How long will there be a paper/pencil option? • At least through 2015-2016 and possibly beyond 3. What if we don’t have the technology or bandwidth? a) FCC is committed to expanded eRate options and funding b) The Department is working with the Administration and the Treasurer’s Office to help districts meet the matching requirement
  25. 25. Quick Reminders Only Level 4 Schools may choose to opt out of PARCC Field Test: 1. No justification required. 2. May exercise MCAS opt out; many implications (+/-) to consider. Grade 10 Students through the Class of 2018 will do MCAS (for competency determination.) MCAS Science testing continues (including for the Science competency determination.) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 25
  26. 26. PARCC Timeline in MA SYs 2011-12, 2012-13 SY 2012-13 SY 2013-14 Phase I Design & Development  Content Phase II Development • State-led item BESE Votes on Transition Plan frameworks & test specifications reviews • Item tryouts and analysis Field Testing  Spring Administration SY 2014-15 MCAS + Initial administration of PARCC assessments 2015 Summer: Set 5 achievement & CCR performance levels Fall: BESE Vote on adoption SY 2015-16 PARCC [except grade 10] 26 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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