PARCC stands for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is a consortium of 20 states, which will develop the assessments that those states will take to measure how well students are learning the Common Core State Standards. The following diagram indicates which states are participating and which are governing/participating.
Between now and Friday, June 27, 2012, educators have a chance to respond to the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy. It is critical that all educators take the time to review this document and respond with any concerns, as these modules are designed to be the instructional bridge between the Common Core State Standards and the assessments that will hold us all accountable to these standards.
So, while you may not feel like you have much to say about the instructional frameworks, take a second look at them because they are a blueprint for the assessment that your students may be taking. Here is the link to review and respond to the content frameworks. We will share our thoughts about these frameworks over the next week or two.
While the document is almost 100 pages long, the introduction is just 11 pages and gives you a pretty good overview of the rest of the content. If you are a classroom teacher, then you can find your grade and read the section that describes it. As you are reading, consider these questions:
1. Is the instruction the PARCC is recommending balanced? Consider the balance between text genres, between production on demand vs. student choice, consider explicit instruction vs. independent reading/practice, consider writing vs. reading, consider complex texts and instructional level texts, etc.
2. Does the overall framework make sense? Look at the diagram for the time and content distributions for your grade level.
3. What is superfluous? Is there anything that doesn’t really belong?
4. What’s missing? Think about your day in the classroom with your students. Go through your schedule in your head. What is left out of PARCC?
As we mentioned before, these assessments will measure student achievement in several states and impact teacher effectiveness ratings. Though the document is long and complex, feedback from real educators will help mold the path of future literacy instruction.