PARCC Assessment Information
2017 Spring Testing Schedules & Information

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PARCC Unit Testing Times
ELA Practice Tests
Math Practice Tests

Background Information
For several years, school districts across Illinois, including ours, worked to align the curriculum with the Common Core State Standards.  Along with the new standards came new assessments.  While students in grades three through eight had typically taken th
e ISAT, in 2015, school districts in Illinois administered the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Assessment.  There are several states that are members of the PARCC consortium who work together to establish assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers.
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As with any new assessment, during the transition some technical difficulties emerged. The District was in contact with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and PARCC and we worked to resolve any issues to ensure no student data was compromised. 

Current Status & Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why do we have to administer these assessments?
A:   Federal law, including the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its successor law (The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), require that states administer an assessment to all eligible students in grades three through eight.  Illinois chose to administer the PARCC Assessment since it is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core.


Q:  What is a good score?  Should we expect to see whether our students met or exceeded the State Standard?
A: 
Score reports show how students performed on each portion of the PARCC assessment as well as their overall score. The student test results mark a new baseline that enables all of us to know where students currently stand on their path to success in college and career.
-- Students scoring a 4 or 5 have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of grade-level content and are on the right track to being ready for college-level coursework.
-- Students receiving a 3 are approaching expectations, but may need additional assistance mastering content.
-- Students receiving a 1 or 2 need more assistance in mastering the content and are in need of greater supports.

Q:  Why do scores look different this year than in the past?  Why can't we look at whether students are meeting or exceeding state standards?
A:  The bar has been raised for students and the new tests are measuring more complex skills including critical thinking, persuasive writing, and problem solving. This is different than previous tests. A low score does not mean that your child did not improve or learned less.  This first year’s scores set a new baseline from which progress will be measured moving forward.

Q:  What do the score reports look like?
A:  Samples of score reports can be found online by clicking here (opens as a .pdf)

Q:  Can we compare scores from this year's PARCC Assessments to the scores from the ISAT in the past?
A:   No. It’s important to remember that the PARCC assessment is a completely different test than past years. The results represent a new baseline that teachers and parents can use to measure progress toward college and career readiness.

Q:  How should we expect students to perform on the new assessment?
A:  The percentage of students who demonstrated proficiency on the PARCC exam was lower than the percentage of students who met and exceeded standards on the previous state assessments.  Lower test scores do not necessarily mean that schools are performing worse or that students are learning less.  Similarly, a drop in student proficiency scores does not necessarily reflect a drop in performance.  It is rather a reflection of the higher standards Illinois adopted to ensure students achieve college and career readiness.  As with any change, there is a period of transition as teachers and students get used to the new standards and tests. We fully expect results to improve as teachers and students become familiar with the higher standards.

Q:  How will student scores be used?
A:   Scores are used in conjunction with our local assessments (MAP, STAR, Writing Benchmarks) to identify subjects a child is doing well and how they can be challenged to go deeper into other areas or where he or she needs extra support or practice.  Having accurate data is an important part of ensuring that our schools are providing the right supports for students to be successful.


Resources
Parent Presentation including comparisons with local districts
PARCC Parent Information Resource Center
PARCC Practice Assessments
Fact Sheet from ISBE
3 Things to Know About the PARCC Assessment
PARCC Assessment Security - Who can use the data?
2015 - 2016 PARCC Assessment Information
2015 - 2016 PARCC Assessment Changes