Common Core & PARCC Sample Items
I have been working on planning professional development for my district on Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessment. There is so much information on the PARCC website and it can be overwhelming for a teacher to navigate it. My goal is to try and weed through the information and present only what is necessary and beneficial to teachers.
PARCC recently released sample questions in their intended environment. This means the computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder are all active. It is a great opportunity for teachers to see what computer skills are necessary and how students will navigate the assessment. This sample assessment does not reflect a complete PARCC assessment. The questions on the online assessment are all previously released sample items. The one frustration that I have is that the questions are separated by grade bands and not grade levels. In my experience, teachers want to focus on their grade level, although I think it is important to be aware of what comes before your course and where students are heading. To help teachers and administrators, I have created the following documents to support teachers while they are looking at the online PARCC environment. The documents address each questions content standard(s), grade level (course), and math practice. Detailed scoring guides and explanations of the questions can be found on the PARCC website under the respective grade band. Please feel free to provide feedback in the comments.