Latest Event Updates
This site will provide information regarding the implementation of PARCC in Massachusetts schools. The site will highlight the experiences of students, teachers, administrators, technology professionals, and test developers as the PARCC assessments are introduced to schools in our state.
The information will also highlight the progress of two specific PARCC field tests happening in Burlington Public Schools and Revere Public Schools. Members of implementation teams from both districts along with students and teachers will provide details about their PARCC experiences.
Please visit the pages for educator, student, and technology questions. Discussions and comments are welcome during the PARCC trial. Each page has a comment/question box that will be monitored by members of the Massachusetts PARCC Trial groups.
The Massachusetts PARCC Summit will take place on Thursday, December 4 at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Massachusetts. Here are some of the important event details including a link to the online event schedule:
The Massachusetts PARCC Summit is now sold out. Please check back to this site for updates about the event and to see if more tickets are released. The full event schedule will be posted soon.
We are excited to announce a unique opportunity to learn from educators and technology practitioners who have experienced the PARCC online assessments first hand. Along with members of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, these practitioners will be leading sessions, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to help support Massachusetts’ schools implementing or considering online PARCC assessments.
The Massachusetts PARCC Summit will be a FREE operational boot camp with sessions for school administrators, technology directors, IT professionals, data managers, student information directors, curriculum directors, and teachers. The sessions will be led by members of the Burlington and Revere Public Schools who completed extensive field tests last year, as well as ESE staff who are experts in the PARCC online assessments.
Registration is now open for this FREE event. The event will be held at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Massachusetts on December 4, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The event schedule will be posted soon. Session topics will include:
- PARCC’s Effect on Your School
– Building Your Technology Infrastructure
– Scheduling and Staffing for Online Assessments
– Student Information and Data
– Devices: iPads, Chromebooks, MacOS, and PCs
– Proctor Caching
– Accommodations and Accessibility
– Pearson Access Updates
Recently members of Burlington Public Schools presented about their experience with PARCC online assessments at the 2014 MassCUE event. The MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2014 Annual Technology Conference, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) is held annually to connect educators from across New England in an effort to improve the use of technology in our classrooms.
Superintendent Dr. Eric Conti, Director of Technology Integration Dennis Villano, Director of Technology Bob Cunha, and Director of Student Information Josh Murphy led the session and discussed how and why Burlington implemented a PARCC online assessments trial for over 2200 students.
A recent conference call hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education discussed the considerations for districts deciding to choose PARCC computer based testing for Spring 2015. The call and a detailed presentation are included in the video below.
The following presentation highlights some of the details about the Burlington Public Schools and Revere Public Schools PARCC Field Test.
Creating the schedule of test sessions for the PARCC assessment requires planning and flexibility. Schools will certainly be affected by the test sessions being completed each day during the PARCC testing window. Massachusetts schools have had similar scheduling needs during MCAS testing days. School administrators realize that some parts of the day require more attention. For example, we obviously can’t remove lunch and recess from the school day to accommodate our testing schedules. Building a testing schedule that limits interupptions to instructional time is paramount.
Burlington Public Schools is testing almost 2200 students for the Performance Based Assessment and End of Year assessment. Our test sessions and schedule reflect our attempt to provide a look at testing on different devices – iPads, Chromebooks, and desktop computers. In future years, Burlington will likely test students using only their 1:1 iPad devices. This will require less testing days and cause less interruption to instructional time.
Please review our PBA and EOY schedules linked below to see how our sessions were scheduled for this year. We hope that other districts can learn from our scheduling and plan on test sessions accordingly depending on their number of students and devices. Our schedule provides a look at how testing can interrupt instructional time. This becomes a major factor when devices are limited – even more so when schools only have a computer lab as a testing option.