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Preparing for Spring 2017 PARCC

PARCC Math Assessment Technology Navigation Videos:
MC² is sponsoring teacher information sessions on how to help students fluently utilize the technology tools associated with the PARCC assessment. The purpose of these grade-band online tutorials is to demonstrate with commentary how to navigate ion and use the tools available for the Computer-Based Assessments. The items appearing in the tutorials are samples used to allow students and educators to gain familiarity with the technology platform that will be used for taking the PARCC assessments. The following grade-bands will be represented since each has its unique navigation tools not highlighted in prior samples. 

Use the  “MC² Thinking Protocol: Meaningful PARCC Test Prep” with electronic PARCC performance-type sample test items regularly (1-2 times per week) that are aligned with the content of class. Refer to Sample PARCC Practice Test Item Grade Level Packets below. Use student initiated strategies for test practice.

 
 

Preparing for Spring 2015 PARCC

   
 
MC² Countdown to PARCC 2014/2015 Monthly Details
 

The MC² Countdown to PARCC is designed to give teachers practical strategies to prepare students for the types of tasks they will experience in the online assessment. The Countdown is offered in two sections:

  1. Supports for Teachers – This section provides tips for teachers to collaborate with others to understand PARCC expectations and plan mathematics tasks designed to build conceptual understanding and strategic thinking for approaching complex mathematical tasks with confidence and competence.
  2. Classroom StrategiesThis section provides ideas for incorporating PARCC preparation into the classroom. The strategies provide tips for the CCSS mathematical practices and content to be built into daily/weekly warm-up math activities and formative assessment tasks.

As PARCC releases tools and resources, we will incorporate them into our countdown.

 
     
 
 
 

MC² Countdown to PARCC Webinars

MC² Countdown to PARCC Listserv: Anyone not currently on our listserv may subscribe by emailing mc2@nmsu.edu

 
May 2015

Celebrate Our Efforts!

 
April 2015
 

Teacher Supports:

  • Continue to provide rich mathematical tasks that support student learning and are aligned to CCSS-M and math practices.h
  • Plan instruction to align with standards tested on End-of-Year (EOY).
 

Classroom Strategies:

 
March 2015
 

Teacher Supports:

  • Continue to provide rich mathematical tasks that support student learning and are aligned to CCSS-M and math practices.
  • Use Spanish items to support English Learners (ELs).
  • Plan instruction to align with standards tested on End-of-Year (EOY).
 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Use MC² Thinking Protocol with the Spanish PARCC PBA grade level items to support ELs and Anchor Charts to support all students. Refer to the Spanish Sample PARCC PBA Test Item Grade Level Packets below.

    Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5  
    Grade 6    Grade 7     Grade 8
    Algebra I   Algebra II  Geometry


  • Have students take Practice EOY after they have completed PBA testing.
  • Have students reflect on strategies that support their learning and continue to practice these strategies.
  eNewsletter - March MC² Countdown to PARCC: (PDF Print version)
MC² March 2015 Webinar:
Powerpoint, Archived webinar
 
February 2015
 

Teacher Supports:

  • Recap Resources for Teacher Planning to Prepare for Performance Based Assessment (PBA) practice test for math
  • Checklist for PBA prep
 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Recap Description of Suggestions for Math Practices in the Classroom.
  • Something New - Create classroom anchor charts with students to develop problem solving strategies
 

eNewsletter - February MC² Countdown to PARCC: (PDF Print version)
MC² February 2015 Webinar:
Powerpoint, Archived webinar

 
January 2015
 

Teacher Supports:

  • This month we will focus on the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) practice test for math.

  • Continue to collaborate with colleagues to plan rich mathematics tasks aligned to CCSS-M as a regular part of the mathematics curriculum.
 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Students take the Practice Performance Based Assessment (when available) on computers and afterwards are given a chance to discuss their experience.
  • Brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.
  • Use the  “MC² Thinking Protocol” with electronic PARCC performance-type sample test items regular ly (1-2 times per week) that are aligned with the content of class. Refer to Sample PARCC PBA Practice Item Grade Level Packets below.Use student initiated strategies for test practice.

    Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5  
    Grade 6    Grade 7     Grade 8
    Algebra I   Algebra II  Geometry


  • Teachers and students brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.

    Purpose: 
    Play with and get comfortable with online testing in a non-threatening environment. By brainstorming strategies, students gain a sense of empowerment and confidence that they have some control of the test.
 

eNewsletter - January 2015 MC² Countdown to PARCC: (Online PDF & PDF Print version)

FAQs:January

MC² January 2015 Webinar: Powerpoint, Archived webinar
Handouts:Thinking Protocol & Thinking/Writing Prompts for Use with Sample PARCC Test Item Packets, Model Content Frameworks, PARCC Informational Guides (scroll down to the bottom of the page), PARCC Math PBA Practice Tests

 
December 2014
 

Teacher Supports:

  • This month we will study the PARCC Task Types including the newly released Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments. (Guides located at bottom of PARCC web page.)

  • Continue to collaborate with colleagues to plan rich mathematics tasks aligned to CCSS-M as a regular part of the mathematics curriculum.
 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Use “MC² Thinking Protocol” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class. Refer to Sample PARCC EOY Test Item Grade Level Packets below. Use a Think/Pair/Share to model with mathematics and attend to precision (Math Practices 4 & 6).
 

Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5  
Grade 6    Grade 7     Grade 8
Algebra I   Algebra II  Geometry 

  • Teachers and students brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.
 

eNewsletter - December MC² Countdown to PARCC: (Online PDF & PDF Print version)

FAQs: December

MC² December 2014 Webinar: Powerpoint, Archived webinar

Handouts: PARCC High Level Blueprints-Mathematics with Points, Thinking Protocol & Thinking/Writing Prompts for Use with Sample PARCC Test Item Packets (These have been updated to include MP.4 & MP.6) and Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments.

 
November 2014

 

Teacher Supports:

 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Use “MC² Thinking Protocol” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class. Use a Think/Pair/Share to develop mathematical arguments to defend solutions (Math Practice 3). Keep a record of student strategies on a poster.
 

Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5  
Grade 6    Grade 7     Grade 8
Algebra I   Algebra II  Geometry  

Purpose: Students become comfortable with various solution strategies and writing mathematical arguments.

 

eNewsletter - November 2014MC² Countdown to PARCC: (Online PDF & PDF Print version)

FAQs: November (Also, refer ot previous month FAQs)

MC² November 2014 Webinar: Powerpoint, Archived webinar Handouts: MC² Thinking Protocol and Prompts, Claims Structure (ELC PPT), MC² Recommendations for Using PARCC Resources

 
October 2014

 

Teacher Supports:

  • Teachers take the practice EOY online practice test for their grade level. Discuss implications for instruction with colleagues. PARCC Practice

  • Collaborate with other teachers to develop (or choose from textbook) rich mathematics tasks that promote math practices. Plan daily learning experiences that include rich experiences that include rich mathematical tasks and students engaged in math practices.
 

Classroom Strategies:

  • Use “MC² Thinking Protocol” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class. Students use Math Practice 1 to practice making sense of the problem. Thinking protocol focuses on what the question is asking (rather than the solution).
 

Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5  
Grade 6    Grade 7     Grade 8
Algebra I   Algebra II  Geometry  

Purpose:

  • Become familiar with EOY item format and equation editor.
  • Students become familiar with technology and learn strategies for making sense of problems.
 

eNewsletter - October 2014 MC² Countdown to PARCC: (Online PDF & PDF Print version)

FAQs: October

MC² October 2014 Webinar: Powerpoint, Archived webinar, Handouts: MC² Countdown to PARCC (DRAFT Month-to-Month Description), Claims Structure (ELC PPT)