PARCC to Release Prototypes
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is preparing to release its first set of 26 items and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics to inform and support educators as they transition to Oklahoma C3 Standards, which include Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments. As a member of PARCC, Oklahoma is committed to working collaboratively with other states in the consortium to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
The public release of the items will occur on August 20. The items and task prototypes will be available on PARCC's website, http://www.parcconline.org.
This is an important and exciting development. We know that educators are eager to see these sample items and tasks. The dynamic, online prototypes are designed to shine a light on important elements of the Oklahoma C3 Standards and to show how critical content in the standards may be manifested on PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments. The PARCC sample item and task prototypes should be viewed as one of the many types of materials educators can use during the transition to the Oklahoma C3 standards and PARCC. Students and parents may also find the sample item and task prototypes to be a useful resource for learning more about the Oklahoma C3 Standards and how state assessments may appear in the future.
In addition to the released sample item and task prototypes, the PARCC website will provide other ancillary materials developed to build understanding of how the sample item and task prototypes illuminate the richness of the Common Core State Standards. These materials include:
- PowerPoint presentations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics to explain the advances planned for the PARCC assessments
- Item-specific information which includes alignment to the standards and scoring processes
This initial release of 26 sample item and task prototypes is just the beginning. Over time, additional sample item and task prototypes and rubrics will be posted to the PARCC website to represent the full range of assessment tasks that will be included on actual PARCC assessments beginning in 2014-2015. In the coming months, these new additions will help to paint a more complete picture of the PARCC assessment design in each content area and grade level.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education will send out further information as the items are released to the public.
Robotics Grants Available
Robotics program grant applications are now available to all Oklahoma public schools. The State Department of Education (SDE), in partnership with FIRST Robotics, has approved a $100,000 budget item to support public school student participation in the FIRST Robotics Program. The SDE will provide grants up to $5,000 per school to facilitate recent start-up and existing team opportunities.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2012.
Information sessions explaining the grant process will be:
- 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Edmond Santa Fe High School, 1901 W 15th St., in Room 17 (enter through the front of the building –off of West 15th Street);
- 9:30 to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Tulsa Memorial High School, 5840 S Hudson Ave., in Room 128 (enter through the front of the building off of Hudson Avenue).