Assessment Scores Were Lower When Mass. Students Took PARCC Exams on Computers, Study Finds
Unfamiliarity with technology contributed to lower scores for online test-takers in 2015, but the effects diminished over time, researchers found.
Benjamin Herold, January 31, 2019
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Assessment Big Things You Need to Know Now About the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Tests
A lot has changed with the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests since they were first launched in 2015. Here's what you need to know to stay current.
Catherine Gewertz, January 17, 2019
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Assessment New Setback for PARCC as Another State Abandons Test
New Mexico’s defection from the PARCC test set off another round of speculation that the exam will become extinct, but PARCC’s overseers have other plans.
Catherine Gewertz, January 14, 2019
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Assessment New Mexico Governor Signs Order to Dump PARCC Tests
On her third day in office, Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham fulfills a campaign promise by signing an executive order to dump the PARCC test.
Catherine Gewertz, January 3, 2019
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Assessment Maryland Will Be the Next State to Drop the PARCC Common-Core Test
Maryland, one of the few remaining states to administer the full PARCC exam, will create its own test after the 2018-19 school year.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 11, 2018
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Reading & Literacy PARCC Sets the Tougher Bar Among Shared Tests, Study Shows
The PARCC test is harder than some of its competitors, but nearly all states have raised the bar on tests in recent years.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 31, 2018
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Assessment Illinois Will Step Back from PARCC Test. Is New Jersey Next?
Only a handful of states will still be offering the test in its entirety after this spring's testing season.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 22, 2018
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Standards PARCC Common-Core Test Gets Federal Approval
The new decision by the U.S. Department of Education conveys unconditional approval of the PARCC test as a measurement of Maryland's standards. But that finding doesn't yet apply to its use in other states.
Catherine Gewertz, January 23, 2018
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Assessment Colorado to Downsize PARCC Testing
Colorado will no longer administer the full PARCC exam to students.
Catherine Gewertz, June 15, 2017
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Standards News in Brief PARCC, Smarter Balanced Choose New Management
The PARCC consortium has chosen a new nonprofit to manage the business of maintaining and administering its test: New Meridian Corp., a brand-new organization led by people from various strands of the assessment world.
Catherine Gewertz, May 9, 2017
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Assessment PARCC and Smarter Balanced Choose New Management
The PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia are adopting new managers to oversee their work in a changing testing landscape.
Catherine Gewertz, April 28, 2017
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Assessment Rhode Island to Dump PARCC, Use Massachusetts Test Instead
Rhode Island becomes the latest state to abandon the PARCC exam. It will use the test designed by its neighbor, Massachusetts, instead.
Catherine Gewertz, April 14, 2017
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Assessment PARCC Undertakes a Major Restructuring (Again)
The PARCC assessment consortium remakes itself once more, making it easier for states to buy its test content, a move designed to share what it sees as a superior assessment and ensure its long-term survival.
Catherine Gewertz, December 14, 2016
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Standards Who Will Run PARCC and How?
Responses to PARCC's "request for information" reflect a lot of soul-searching about how PARCC will survive, and in what form.
Catherine Gewertz, August 10, 2016
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