PARCC Points #6
PARCC Prep - Final Workout!
After practicing the tutorials and sample tests to get students and staff comfortable in that environment, this month students should actually work with "taking" the practice tests. Walk through items with them and model actual test taking and content. Have students compose and type that essay. Use the math expressions window to enter the answer and type an explanation. While only "temporary" scores are given, there's an answer key available on the practice test page for your grade level as well as a rubric for hand scoring of essays.
Field Test - Infrastructure Trial: Lessons Learned
If your school took part in the field test at the end of last school year or took part in Illinois' Infrastructure Trial on January 14, 2015, be sure to look back to them and utilize any "lessons learned". If not, you have the use of the practice tests to analyze your students' needs. Tech-wise, your tech department should be working on any fixes for issues that arose. Using the practice tests and tutorials should have gotten your students comfortable in the testing environment. In the classroom, however, content is your target. Were your students struggling with certain types of questions or required responses? Were they comfortable with the length and complexity of the readings? Did their essays address the questions, provide details and support, and utilize standard English conventions? Was their essay well organized? Now is the time to address any gaps!