During the first two weeks of March, we will administer the first part of the state mandated PARCC Assessment series, the Performance Based Assessment. Similar to MSAs, the test will be administered to students over the course of several days. There are five units (or sessions) for each student to complete: two math and three ELA units. The test sessions are computer based and students will have the opportunity to practice taking the tests again this month (we’ve already practiced on two other occasions this school year). The practice is important because it will ensure students know how to navigate through the test windows efficiently and where to locate tools such as the calculator, highlighter, and notes feature. Because we will be using technology to administer the test, we need to remain flexible with our testing schedule: any disruptions to our network or hardware issues will result in a deviation from our plan.
All controllable absences should be avoided during the full testing window: March 2 through March 13. This means that orthodontist appointments, check-ups, and other similar tasks should be scheduled outside of the regular school day. If you already know your student will be absent for any part of the testing window, please contact his or her school counselor immediately. The second part of the PARCC Assessment series, the End of Year Assessment, will be administered beginning April 27 through May 8. Again, we ask that you avoid scheduling any controllable absences during that testing window, as well.
In March, the tests will be administered throughout the day on the following days:
*Please note, the March 22 edition of the PM Knight reported these dates in error. These are the correct dates for the Math PARCC.