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The Vision Project and the Pathway to PARCC


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Presented at the PARCC Massachusetts Launch Conference for Public Higher Education on October 28, 2011, in Leominster, MA. More information available at and

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The Vision Project and the Pathway to PARCC

  1. 1. PARCC Massachusetts Launch Conference | October 28, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>A Public Agenda for Higher Education in Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>To rank among the top-performing states in five key areas of educational performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College participation of high school graduates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College completion of the students we enroll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Learning on campus-level and national assessments of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce Alignment of our degree programs with key areas of workforce need in the state’s economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elimination of disparities among different ethnic/racial, economic and gender groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To annually report publicly our standing in the five key areas </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>College-going rates of all recent Massachusetts high school graduates, with national comparisons. </li></ul><ul><li>College-going rates of recent Massachusetts public high school graduates, with disaggregation by student population groups. </li></ul><ul><li>College readiness of freshmen in public colleges and universities who were recent high school graduates (based on percent placing into remedial education) disaggregated by Math and English. </li></ul><ul><li>College Participation: The Metrics </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Content Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students complete a rigorous curriculum with excellent teachers. “Massachusetts—where everyone reads and everyone counts.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>College Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students understand what it means to be prepared for college and the process for getting there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>College Connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have college campus experiences prior to graduation from high school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators and other stakeholders access data needed to inform change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Areas of Strategic Emphasis </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pathway to <ul><li>Charged to develop next-generation assessments linked to common core state standards </li></ul><ul><li>$186M RTTT grant </li></ul><ul><li>Two multi-state consortia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PARCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smarter/Balanced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts – lead PARCC state Florida – fiscal agent Achieve – project management partner </li></ul><ul><li>What is PARCC? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pathway to <ul><li>PARCC’s Potential for Massachusetts </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pathway to <ul><ul><li>Governing Board Steering Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory Committee on College Readiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12, Higher Education, and Content Faculty Leadership Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Advisory and Design and Development Committees, Technical Working Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PARCC National Oversight </li></ul>
  8. 8. Pathway to <ul><li>Massachusetts PARCC Organization </li></ul>