### 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:

**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.**Classroom Strategies****–**This 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.

**MC² Countdown to PARCC Webinars**

**Archived Webinars 2014/2015:**

**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.

- 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.

**e-Newsletter** *March MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**MC² March 2015 Webinar:** PowerPoint, and 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

**e-Newsletter:** *February MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**MC² February 2015 Webinar:** PowerPoint, and 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 “Thinking Protocol for PARCC” 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 PBA Practice Item Grade Level Packets below.Use student initiated strategies for test practice.
- 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.

**e-Newsletter** *January 2015 MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**FAQs:** FAQs JAN 2015

**MC² January 2015 Webinar:** Jan 2015 PowerPoint, and Archived webinar

**Handouts:**

- Thinking Protocol & Thinking/Writing Prompts for Use with Sample PARCC Test Item Packets
- Model Content Frameworks,
- PARCC Informational Guides
- PARCC Math PBA Practice Tests

**December 2014**

**Teacher Supports:**

- This month we will study the PARCC Task Types including the Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments.
- 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 the “Thinking Protocol for PARCC” 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).

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

**e-Newsletter:** *December MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**FAQs:** FAQs December 2014

**MC² December 2014 Webinar:** PowerPoint and Archived webinar

**Handouts:**

- PARCC High Level Blueprints-Mathematics with Points
- Thinking Protocol and 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:**

- This month we will study the Claims Structures, Model Content Frameworks, Evidence Tables and Performance Level Descriptors for each grade level and discuss the implications for instruction. To guide your instruction please review the MC² Recommendations for Using PARCC Resources.
- 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. Use a Think/Pair/Share to develop mathematical arguments to defend solutions (Math Practice 3). Keep a record of student strategies on a poster.
**Purpose:**Students become comfortable with various solution strategies and writing mathematical arguments.

**e-Newsletter:** *November 2014 MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**FAQs:** FAQs November (Also, refer to previous month FAQs)

**MC² November 2014 Webinar:** PowerPoint and 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).
**Purpose:**- Become familiar with EOY item format and equation editor.
- Students become familiar with technology and learn strategies for making sense of problems.

**e-Newsletter** *October 2014 MC² Countdown to PARCC*

**FAQs:** FAQs October 2014

**MC² October 2014 Webinar:** PowerPoint and Archived webinar

**Handouts:**

- MC² Countdown to PARCC (DRAFT Month-to-Month Description)
- Claims Structure (ELC PPT)