We have been reading a lot of information provided by PARCC and the Massachusetts DESE about the upcoming field test. One of the best recent documents is the PARCC Coordinator Manual. This manual is similar to the MCAS Principal’s Administration Manual that is given to educators prior to MCAS tests. This document will be a must read for anyone coordinating or helping to proctor field tests.
The PARCC Coordinator Manual describes in detail the responsibilities of test coordinators before, during, and after field test administration. The manual also provides answers to many important questions regarding field testing environments and protocols for testing. The manual includes some detailed check lists to help guide test administrators through the process.
Perhaps most importantly, the PARCC Coordinator Manual provides details about assessment scheduling and test time frames: