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PARCC and the Common Core in Massachusetts


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PARCC and the Common Core in Massachusetts

  1. 1. PARCC and the Common Core in Massachusetts Presentation to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Bob Bickerton, Senior Associate Commissioner, Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Sue Lane, Senior Director for P-16 Alignment & Engagement, Mass. Department of Higher Education March 18, 2014
  2. 2. Overview 1. What is PARCC? 2. K–12 Context 3. Higher Ed Context 4. Previewing the New Assessment 5. 2013–2014 Field Test 6. MCAS-to-PARCC Transition Plan 2
  3. 3. What is PARCC? The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers 18 states + Washington DC + US Virgin Islands 3
  4. 4. What is PARCC? (cont.)  Groundbreaking K–12/higher education partnership to build new, direct pathway into credit-bearing college courses  Ongoing collaboration with business community to ensure assessment is measuring the 21st century academic skills required for success  Development of common, high-quality, computer-based English language arts and literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests for grades 3–11 beginning with the 2014–15 school year  Two summative assessment components: • Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) • End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) 4
  5. 5. Massachusetts is a National PARCC Leader  One of 18 PARCC Governing States  Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, is chair of Governing Board  Richard Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education, is co-chair of Advisory Committee on College Readiness 5
  6. 6. PARCC in Massachusetts 2010 Memorandum of Agreement signed by Governor Patrick, Secretary Reville, and Commissioner Chester  Commitment to adopt PARCC assessments “…provided they are at least as comprehensive and rigorous as our current MCAS assessments, if not more so.”  MA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will make this determination in fall 2015  MA Board of Higher Education will determine if PARCC measures “College and Career Readiness” 6
  7. 7. K–12 Context 7
  8. 8. K–12 Context: Supporting Student Readiness and Success 8
  9. 9. What’s in it for Massachusetts? Why would our state, with such high-achieving students and the best assessments in the nation, change to PARCC? 1. Fulfills need for next-generation assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards 2. Serves different purpose than MCAS: a) MCAS gauges student proficiency within K-12 b) PARCC assesses whether students are on track for college and career 3. Provides both a formative and summative system of assessments 4. Provides quality and economies of scale: PARCC will cost less per student to administer 5. Will enable students who achieve “college ready” level to place directly into credit-bearing courses in MA public higher education 6. Will provide graduating students and businesses with clear signals of career readiness 9
  10. 10. Higher Ed Context 10
  11. 11. Renewed Collaboration, Shared Goals, Engaged Conversations 11
  12. 12. Higher Ed Context: The Vision Project 12  Overall goal of college and career readiness  Greater College Participation for those seeking college  Also higher levels of College Completion for those who enroll
  13. 13. Why is this work important for Massachusetts higher education?  Current marker for Competency Determination (CD) is MCAS—10th grade requirement  One quarter of MA students do not enroll in college within 16 months of graduating from high school  37% of MA public high school graduates take at least one developmental (remedial) course during their first semester in MA public college or university • Number rises to 65% at MA community colleges
  14. 14. What is higher education’s role?  Common Core State Standards • Teacher Preparation • Entry-level Course Alignment  PARCC Assessments • Readiness for Entry-level Credit Courses • Placement Testing & Developmental Education  Definition of College and Career Readiness • P-16 Engagement/Shared Goals
  15. 15. Previewing the New Assessment 15
  16. 16. Key Focus Shifts of the Common Core ANCHORED IN COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS 16
  17. 17. 17 PARCC 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 Diagnostic 2-8 / K-1 Formative Assessments •Early indicator of student knowledge and skills to inform instruction, supports, and PD •Non-summative Mid-Year Assessment •Performance-based •Emphasis on hard-to- measure standards •Potentially summative Speaking & Listening (required non-summative assessment)
  18. 18. PARCC: Five Performance Levels Level 1: Did not demonstrate partial command Level 2: Partial Command Level 3: Moderate Command Level 4: Strong Command Level 5: Distinguished Command ___________________________________________________________________________________ ***Level 4 (Strong Command) is similar to NAEP’s Proficient level (solid command of the content) and will serve as the level for indicating students are “on the path” to being college and career ready. 18
  19. 19. Technology Questions 1. What technology can be used for administration? Schools will be able to use desktops, laptops & tablets ( 2. How long will there be a paper/pencil option? At least through 2015–2016, and likely beyond 3. What if we don’t have the technology or bandwidth? • FCC is committed to expanded funding (“e-rate”) • ESE working with state elected leaders to pass a bond bill; House passed bond bill for $38M that includes a matching requirement
  20. 20. 2013–2014 Field Test 20
  21. 21. Why are we doing a field test in spring 2014? 1. The test itself is being tested. No student, school or district results will be reported. 2. Primary purposes of the PARCC Field Tests are to: a) Determine the quality of items so that PARCC can build a great assessment for the 2014–15 school year; b) Pilot assessment administration procedures; and c) Give schools and districts opportunity to experience administration of PARCC assessments 3. MCAS Exemption: To avoid “double-testing,” Commissioner Chester offered school districts option to exempt PARCC Field Test students from taking MCAS in same subject in same year 21
  22. 22. PARCC Field Test Sample 1. National Sample Size: a) Over 1.2 million students are needed to participate in the Field Test to evaluate the quality of items for PARCC’s operational assessments in 2014–2015 2. Massachusetts Sample: a) Approximately 350 districts b) Over 1,100 schools c) Roughly 82,000 students in grades 3–11 d) Nearly 700 schools will administer computer-based tests, and close to 400 schools will administer paper and pencil tests 22
  23. 23. MCAS-to-PARCC Transition Plan 23
  24. 24. MCAS-to-PARCC Transition Plan 24 November 19, 2013 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on plan for two-year “test drive” of the PARCC Assessment Spring 2014 PARCC field test administered in randomly selected Massachusetts schools/classrooms Winter/spring 2014–2015 MA schools administer first operational PARCC or MCAS in Grades 3–8; MCAS continues for grade 10 Late fall 2015 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education determines whether or not PARCC is better than MCAS, and votes on whether or not to adopt PARCC
  25. 25. Graduation Requirement  ELA and Mathematics: • Grade 10 students through at least class of 2018 will take MCAS (for competency determination required for high school graduation)  Science: • MCAS Science will remain a requirement for competency determination 25
  26. 26. 26 PARCC Timeline in MA SYs 2011-12, 2012-13 Phase I Design & Development  Content frameworks & test specifications SY 2012-13 Phase II Development • State-led item reviews • Item tryouts and analysis SY 2013-14 BESE Votes on Transition Plan Field Testing  Spring Administration SY 2014-15 MCAS + Initial administration of PARCC assessments SY 2015-16 PARCC [except grade 10] 2015 Summer: Set 5 CCR performance levels Fall: BESE and BHE vote on adoption
  27. 27. • PARCC and the 2014 Field Test • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education PARCC webpage • Department of Higher Education PARCC webpage • PARCC accessibility features and accommodations manual • Common Core State Standards Initiative 27 For More Information
  28. 28. • PARCC computer-based test items • Model Curriculum Units (include Performance Assessments similar to PARCC; great tool for preparing students for new assessment) • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education • National PTA Common Core Tool Kit ItemNumber=3008&navItemNumber=557 28 For More Information
  29. 29. Discussion 29