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An important component of assessments in recent years has been test accommodations based on individual student needs. These accommodations are often based on IEP/504 plan requirements. The 2014 PARCC field test will provide some accommodations for students. Recently, there have been some questions about how to upload student data appropriately to provide details about student needs so that accommodations can be met during the field test.
Burlington Public Schools Director of Student Information – Josh Murphy – has been reviewing two important PARCC documents. The Student Data Upload (SDU) Field Definitions and the Accessibility Features and Accommodations for Field Test. Josh found that while some accommodations will be available to all students, due to the fact that the assessment is now digital, other accommodations will only be available if they are “marked” on the student data upload file.
Josh recently asked the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for clarification regarding which accommodation fields on the data upload are related to an accommodation that is provided by the test environment and must be included in the data upload to be available. We think that the response could provide some important information for field test coordinators:
We intentionally DID NOT include all of the accommodation in the upload. You still must provide the accommodations listed in the students IEP/504, even if accommodations are not “marked.” (One important exception: ELA graphic organizers and math reference sheets are NOT permitted on PARCC for ANY students). We are simply trying to gather information on how students perform who receive certain accommodations.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has released some sample test question sets for the Spring 2014 Field Tests. The sample items include examples from Grades 3-5 ELA and Math, Grades 6-8 ELA and Math, and High School ELA and Math. Draft ELA Literacy generic rubrics are also available.
These sample item sets provide a good example of test questions. The questions show how students will need to interact with questions and use digital tools during the assessments. The sample item sets also provide an initial look at how the assessments will function on various technology devices.
Visit our PARCC Resources page for more information about PARCC and the Spring 2014 field test from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
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.