Thursday, September 5, 2013

PARCC field testing

request for report regarding the schools chosen for the PARCC pilot testing in Spring of 2014, including amount of staff and student time such a pilot will take.

request the report back for the September 19 meeting; Superintendent Boone said there's a webinar scheduled soon, so if we don't have it by then, she'll let us know

Colorio: concern that the data from PARCC will be shared by PARCC with the federal government without parental permission
new tests to cost more (after MCAS)
infrastructure needed (which we had as a report in Accountability)

O'Connell: additional state test, loss of instructional time
many tests that are taken by students already
"at some point, how many tests must our students take?"
recommends concerns be placed before Board of Delegates at MASC
this committee also "perhaps taking a vigorous advocacy role"

Boone: "please don't interpret this as in favor or against"
not unusual for new tests to be field tested
"we don't know enough about the structure, the requirements, the goal of the pilot"
we have not heard yet if this is informing what the state will do next or if it will represent what the state will do next
"we will provide the appropriate updates to the School Committee as we have them"
"a field test of very large scope"

Monfredo: how other superintendents feel this is moving?

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