PARCC Resources

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Classroom Resources

Performance-Level Descriptors (PLDs)

PARCC has published detailed descriptions of what students will need to be able to do in order to reach the performance levels delineated by PARCC (Levels 1-5).

PLD Frequently Asked Questions

ELA/Literacy PLDs

Math PLDs

Plan and build interactive presentations directly within Google Drive. Launch the interactive session via your Smartboard/projector. Each student joins the live session from his/her own device.

Practice Tests

The Practice Test was developed so that all students – not just those involved in the field testing – can experience PARCC test items the way they will appear on the tests starting in spring 2014. There will be two major releases of the Practice Test – one in spring 2014 and one in fall 2014.

Quality Criteria for Selecting Texts Worth Reading

You can access a PowerPoint presentation that explains the process PARCC is using for selecting the texts for the assessments. For classroom teachers, slide 8 will be most useful as it lists the Lexile range for texts by grade level.

English Language Arts Resources

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A tool for collaborative interpretation of texts

Math Resources

Engage NY

Annotated 2013 3-8 Mathematics State Test Questions In Spring 2013, New York State administered the first ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Common Core tests intended to provide students, families, educators, and the public better measures of student proficiency in the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers. On this page you will find links to access a representative sample of questions from every grade (3-8) used on the 2013 state test with annotations to display the kinds of thinking students are required to do in the new Common Core Tests. These documents will be helpful for better understanding the requirements and expectations of the Common Core state tests.

Illustrative Mathematics

This resource was created as an initiative of the Institute for Mathematics & Education funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with key members from the CCSSM writing group including Bill McCallum, Phil Daro, and Jason Zimba. It includes sample tasks and items by standard, as well as sample lesson plans to accompany standards. It provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in faithful implementation of the CCSS.

Khan Academy

The lessons on Khan Academy are designed around 5-10 minute instructional videos that reinforce, review, and enrich core competencies in mathematics and science from basics to college level. The site is a great resource for at-home practice, clarification, reinforcement beyond the classroom, or a flipped classroom lesson. They have also launched thousands of practice problems that address the CCSS.

New Jersey Model Curriculum for Mathematics

The New Jersey Department of Education website contains links to both model curriculum and sample assessments of the Common Core.

To access the assessments use: Username: model Password: curriculum

Study Island

Study Island has begun embedding PARCC-style questions into the program, although you will not see them separated in any way at this point. As students move through questions, some of them require the kind of technology manipulation that we saw in the examples from PARCC. At the end of November, a significant upload will take place to change over about 1/3 of the questions to this format. Another 1/3 will come later in the year and the final 1/3 in the summer.

Resources for Creating PARCC-Like Assessments

A free app that works on any device to help you know how every student is doing at any moment.

Special Education / English Language Learners

Accommodations: High Expectations for All Students

PARCC - Accessibility and Accommodations

This page includes the latest edition of the manual as well as links to field test guidance, policies, communication resources and various additional resources specifically related to accessibility and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Full list of all accessibility tools and accommodations

A Walk in the PARCC

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction publishes a monthly newsletter about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments.

September, 2014

August, 2014

July, 2014

June, 2014

May, 2014

April, 2014

March, 2014

February, 2014

January, 2014

December, 2013

Reports and Presentations

Common Core and PARCC: An Overview

Presentation to Madison Faculty, October 14, 2013

A Community Discussion About CC and PARCC

Report to the Board, November 12, 2013

2015 Implementation

PARCC Test Session Times

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