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Assessing the Future Generations: PARCC & Smarter Balanced

2014 will mark a new era of standardized testing that adheres to the Common Core.

Kalyn Higgins

on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of Assessing the Future Generations: PARCC & Smarter Balanced

Assessing the Future Generations:
PARCC & Smarter Balanced

The Vision: A New era of Standardized Testing
These assessments are...
Formal and standardized
Implemented on an annual basis in K-12 Context
PARCC: The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Care
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
SMARTER Balanced
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.

Smarter Balanced is based on the belief that this high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed – regardless of disability, language or subgroup.
PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:

Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards
Supports educators in the classroom
Makes better use of technology in assessments
Advances accountability at all levels
Looking at the Literature: What can we expect?
Measure for Measure:
The Current State of Affairs
NCLB legislation set in place requirements that reached into virtually every public school in America. It expanded the federal role in education and took particular aim at improving the educational lot of disadvantaged students. Measures were designed to drive broad gains in student achievement and to hold states and schools more accountable for student progress. They represented significant changes to the education landscape (U.S. Department of Education, 2001).

PARCC Field Tests to Lack Some Accommodations
Samuels (2013)
Text rendering activity

Take 5-10 minutes to read the provided article.

What words, phrases, or ideas stuck out to you?
Technology Tools to Support Reading in the Digital Age
Biancarosa & Griffiths (Fall 2012)
4 recommendations to help schools use technology to support and improve literacy outcomes for all students

"The question is not how to fit technology into education but how literacy education can meet society's increasing demand for techonlogy-savvy citizens who possess higher levels of literacy skills and background knowledge."

To do: incorporate UDL tech, use evidence-based tools, provide systemic supports like formal school-based information/ professional development for faculty, use data (RTI screening and assessments to monitor and support)

Curriculum NOW
Schmoker (November 2011)
"Curriculum - what we actually teach - maybe the single largest school factor that affects learning, intellectual development, and college and career readiness"
Dietel (May 2011)
More than forty states signed onto the Common Core State Standards
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
Performance assessments instead of multiple choice--theoretically these allow students to learn as they take the test
Theoretically, teachers could be paid to score the tests as part of their professional development.
Conclusion & Discussion
PARRC Tests in the news
New standardized testing in IL
SMART Testing
A GOOD Curriculum = Thoughtfully selected sequence of common content topics, essential, intellectual skills, and... an accompanying set of adequately complex and core and optional texts... and writing assignments
"[A curriculum] needs to be
coherent, content-rich, and
uses reading, writing, and
discussion for all subjects"
"Reading, Higher Order Thinking Skills, and Test Scores will improve"
"CCSS provides critical support for this effort"
"PARCC has published clear guidelines for the number of books to be read in subjects and grades"
"Let's start building the curriculum. Now."
"A call to arms..."
"an anemic reading and writing diet"
How adaptive testing works
How do you think PARCC & SMARTER Balanced will change standardized testing?

Does this change seem positive or negative for education in the U.S.A?

What are the benefits or drawbacks of this technology that stand out to you the most?
• Technological advances altering texts and tools available to teachers
• However, does the new e-technology widen gaps in the literacy skills of students of different SES: parents notall equally able to provide those opportunities for children
• gaps remain in students ability to use technology in sophisticated ways: difference between ways that high-achieving and lower-achiving students use the internet
• technology used as a tool to improve student literacy: e-reading tools that can build both procedural skills (i.e. phonological awareness and word reading) and conceptual skills and knowledge (i.e. vocab)
• CAT- computer adaptive testing in the last decade has become one of the most recognized and used tools for assessment in literacy
• CAT has raised some concerns that computerized testing will offer much difficulty to those who are anxious- test takers as well as those with less computer experience
• E- reading technology may offer a promise to improve literacy outcomes, but its effectiveness in tested classrooms tend to be limited
• Teachers have their doubts, with only 38 percent surveyed saying that technology was an important aspect in classrooms in classrooms

Presented by: Allison, Irene, Kalyn, Nora, and Sarah
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