Thank you to the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy for this important update about the completion of a case study of the 2014 PARCC field tests in Massachusetts. The entire case study, executive summary, and Rennie Center PARCC Technical Resources Guide are posted below.
As schools around the Commonwealth dig out from the snow and await the start of spring, they are also planning for the annual administration of statewide assessments, which begins later this month for students in grades 3-8 and high school. This year, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, grade 3-8 students in 54% of Massachusetts districts (approximately 220,000 students in all) will be taking assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) rather than the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). Many of these students will be taking computer-based PARCC exams on computers and devices.
Last spring, when these computer-based tests were piloted in selected classrooms across the country, two Massachusetts districts—Burlington Public Schools and Revere Public Schools—opted for a district- or school-wide trial of the new tests. These districts gained crucial information on implementation issues such as technology use and device adaptability, scheduling and staffing of test administration, and students’ experience taking computer-based tests.
The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy conducted a case study of the implementation and administration of computer-based PARCC assessments in the Burlington and Revere School Districts during the spring 2014 PARCC field test. The findings from our report offer detailed information on how both Burlington and Revere planned for and carried out PARCC testing, as well as how they addressed unforeseen challenges. We hope this case study will inform district and state leaders as they move forward with test administration this year and plan for the future of assessments in Massachusetts.
The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy is completing an extensive research study of the 2014 PARCC Field Tests in Massachusetts. The study focuses on the field tests in Burlington and Revere Public Schools. The full report will be posted here on the Massachusetts PARCC Trial site.
The following is an important document from the study. The Technical Resources Guide provides key information about how Burlington and Revere planned for and implemented PARCC assessments for over 3000 students.
From the Rennie Center Technical Resources Guide:
This technical resource guide examines decision-making in five key areas: technology infrastructure, device use, scheduling, staffing, and student information management. It provides below a series of key questions and potential actions for local education leaders to consider when planning for PARCC implementation at scale.
The case study is a collaborative project between the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Burlington and Revere Public Schools. The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy is completing the research.
The document linked below provides the details of the upcoming case study of the PARCC Field Trial in Burlington. The time line of the case study is already underway because the testing window is coming up.
There are several opportunities for feedback from the field trial as part of the case study. While I realize that everyone is busy, it is critical that we get feedback from teachers and students. This local feedback will provide a Massachusetts voice to the PARCC experience.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association will be working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Burlington Public Schools, and Revere Public Schools on a case study of the PARCC Field Test. The MTA recently posted a message and video about the collaborative efforts.
From the MTA
Students at 1,000 Massachusetts public schools will participate in the field testing of PARCC this spring. The math and English language arts assessments, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, could eventually replace MCAS tests. Learn more about the field test as well as efforts by the MTA and other education stakeholder groups that are collaborating on a case study of PARCC implementation by focusing on two school districts, Burlington and Revere.
Click on the link below for an UPDATED DRAFT for the Massachusetts Field Test Case Study.
Through a partnership of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education an updated draft field test case study proposal is now available. The draft highlights the project and some of the action items planned for review in Burlington Public Schools and Revere Public Schools.
Stay connected to this site for updates about the field test and more information about the case study.