Preparing for PARCC:
Addressing Online Testing
Challenges with your Students

Presented by:
Zack Blois
Ice-breaker Poll Question
What is your school/district’s largest
PARCC preparation challenge?
a)  Introducing new online t...
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in ‘Fill-inthe-bubble’ land anymore…”

As you know, it’s very important for students to ...
Challenges include:
•  Online testing within a brick-and-mortar setting
•  New online testing format for students and staf...
So, how do we help our students model and
practice these new online assessments?
It’s as simple as A, B, C…
Take a three-pronged approach to PARCC
preparation:
A.  Focus on new vocabulary and testing ter...
A) Focus on new vocab and testing terms
The PARCC online
assessment questions and
interactions contain verbs/
actions word...
Start with modeling, follow up with
Practice!
Just like any other instructional strategy, begin by
modeling in a full clas...
Individual Practice is Key

Following the modeling period, facilitate individual
practice of different vocab-focused asses...
Let’s take a look at a few modeling and practice
strategies!
Poll Question #2
How is your school/district planning to help
students practice taking online assessments?
a)  The officia...
Scaffold toward Step B
B) Help students
practice a variety of
online testing
examples
•  Begin with action verb
& scaffold...
Going beyond the action verb…
It’s important that your students
understand “drag”, “enter”, etc…
However, putting that spe...
“Show and Explain”
PARCC asks students
to show basic skills
knowledge, and to
utilize that
knowledge within a
higher-order...
Application starts in the classroom…
Build toward the application required by multi-step and
analysis questions:
•  Write ...
…. And ends in the classroom
Lastly, we have Step C
C) “Leverage technology and resources to
foster student experience and familiarity”
8-9 Total Hours of testing?
Today’s students take
to digital devices
pretty quickly, but are
they ready to focus at
a comp...
Scaffolding is Key
50-60 minute individual
summative online assessments

Individual 30 minute online
assessment blocks onc...
Leverage data to improve progress
Finally, be sure that your students are not
practicing for the sake of practicing.
• 

K...
Quick Review
Take a three-pronged approach to your school/
district’s PARCC preparation:
A.  Focus on new vocabulary and t...
Questions or Comments?
Contact info:
www.wowzers.com
Zack Blois
Email: zach@wowzers.com
Phone: 312-273-1340
Poll Question #3
Are you interested in learning more about the Wowzers
PARCC math assessment solution?
a)  Yes
b)  No
PARCC Practice makes perfect!
Many of the images in this webinar
were taken directly from the Wowzers
PARCC-mirroring math...
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Preparing for PARCC: Addressing Online Testing Challenges with your Students - Wowzers Math

  1. 1. Preparing for PARCC: Addressing Online Testing Challenges with your Students Presented by: Zack Blois
  2. 2. Ice-breaker Poll Question What is your school/district’s largest PARCC preparation challenge? a)  Introducing new online testing vocabulary to students/ staff b)  Fostering Online testing familiarity c)  Helping students prepare for 8-9 hour testing period
  3. 3. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in ‘Fill-inthe-bubble’ land anymore…” As you know, it’s very important for students to get a chance to familiarize themselves with testing techniques and vocabulary prior to any assessment.
  4. 4. Challenges include: •  Online testing within a brick-and-mortar setting •  New online testing format for students and staff •  Multi-step and written response questions •  New testing vocabulary and terms
  5. 5. So, how do we help our students model and practice these new online assessments?
  6. 6. It’s as simple as A, B, C… Take a three-pronged approach to PARCC preparation: A.  Focus on new vocabulary and testing terms B.  Help students practice a variety of online testing examples C.  Leverage technology and resources to foster experience and familiarity
  7. 7. A) Focus on new vocab and testing terms The PARCC online assessment questions and interactions contain verbs/ actions words that many students have never encountered on a test before. “Exp lain” “Write” ag” Dr “ “Select”
  8. 8. Start with modeling, follow up with Practice! Just like any other instructional strategy, begin by modeling in a full class or group setting: •  Show students how to identify both the navigation tools and the objective of the question/interaction
  9. 9. Individual Practice is Key Following the modeling period, facilitate individual practice of different vocab-focused assessment objects.
  10. 10. Let’s take a look at a few modeling and practice strategies!
  11. 11. Poll Question #2 How is your school/district planning to help students practice taking online assessments? a)  The official PARCC sample items b)  A PARCC-mirroring content software c)  Not sure yet
  12. 12. Scaffold toward Step B B) Help students practice a variety of online testing examples •  Begin with action verb & scaffold toward mastering the entire assessment question
  13. 13. Going beyond the action verb… It’s important that your students understand “drag”, “enter”, etc… However, putting that specific action verb into practice within a larger objective is a whole different challenge.
  14. 14. “Show and Explain” PARCC asks students to show basic skills knowledge, and to utilize that knowledge within a higher-order application task. Including: •  Multi-Step Interactions •  Word Problem Analysis •  Written Response Interactions
  15. 15. Application starts in the classroom… Build toward the application required by multi-step and analysis questions: •  Write about math everyday •  Utilize problem-based activities •  Foster the “accordion effect”
  16. 16. …. And ends in the classroom
  17. 17. Lastly, we have Step C C) “Leverage technology and resources to foster student experience and familiarity”
  18. 18. 8-9 Total Hours of testing? Today’s students take to digital devices pretty quickly, but are they ready to focus at a computer/tablet for 8-9 total hours of testing (per EdWeek)?
  19. 19. Scaffolding is Key 50-60 minute individual summative online assessments Individual 30 minute online assessment blocks once a week Quick group-based online quiz periods, 1 or 3 time a week (10-15 minutes)
  20. 20. Leverage data to improve progress Finally, be sure that your students are not practicing for the sake of practicing. •  Keep an eye on progress data and student performance for both skill and concept development.
  21. 21. Quick Review Take a three-pronged approach to your school/ district’s PARCC preparation: A.  Focus on new vocabulary and testing terms B.  Expose students to online testing style and grading structure C.  Leverage technology and resources to foster experience and familiarity
  22. 22. Questions or Comments? Contact info: www.wowzers.com Zack Blois Email: zach@wowzers.com Phone: 312-273-1340
  23. 23. Poll Question #3 Are you interested in learning more about the Wowzers PARCC math assessment solution? a)  Yes b)  No
  24. 24. PARCC Practice makes perfect! Many of the images in this webinar were taken directly from the Wowzers PARCC-mirroring math quizzes! Learn more about how Wowzers can help prepare your students for the PARCC math assessments at: info.wowzers.com/special-parcc-offer

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