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PARCC in District 35
What are the PARCC tests?
In April 2016, we completed our 2nd year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests which were administered to students in grades 3-8. As a reminder, PARCC is the computer-based state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois. This assessment is aligned with the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The PARCC test included extended tasks and technology-enhanced items to measure students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing.
As the spring 2016 PARCC testing was a revised version (in timing and length) from the 2015 PARCC assessment, the results cannot be directly compared. After PARCC is given for multiple years with a consistent test format, we would begin to analyze the results for trends.
How are students rated on PARCC tests?
There are five performance levels for the PARCC assessment. Descriptions are included with your child’s score report and additional details may be found at the PARCC Score Report Guide.
Details of District 35's performance are available in our online Illinois Report Card. We are pleased to note that the results from this initial administration of the PARCC test reflect the care and quality instruction our District provides in our classrooms.
How will District 35 use the PARCC information?
As a District, we are determining how to best analyze and use this information to benefit students. The data reflects a single snapshot of your child’s progress from last year. Therefore, the results should be considered along with your child’s day-to-day performance in the classroom and growth over time. Throughout the school year, our teachers employ a variety of assessments to determine understanding, skill level, and to guide instruction. The assessments include:
• Running Records, AIMSweb Literacy Assessments,
• STAR Reading and Mathematics Assessments; and
• Formative classroom assessments across content areas.
Within District 35, we continue to value day-to-day experiences and district assessments as we plan for instruction. No test in isolation should be used to determine the success of a child, school, or District. We shall reflect on the results from our PARCC experience and thoughtfully incorporate changes to improve instruction if necessary.
We are committed to providing our students with a strong and well-balanced educational experience. Should you have questions about your child’s PARCC results, we welcome you to reach out for further discussion.