REAC3H- August Issue

REAC3H Network
                                                                                                                                 August, 2012

Fall REAC3H Summit:

The Fall REAC3H Summit was originally scheduled for October 1, but because that is student count day we did not want to pull you away from your buildings. The REAC3H Summit is now scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and will be held in Oklahoma City. As soon as a specific location is finalized, you will be sent information along with details about registration. We look forward to seeing you and your REAC3H team in November!

A-F Webinar:

The State Department of Education held a live A-F webinar for school administrators this past Friday, and the recording is now online. The recorded webinar provides an overview of the communications toolkit provided to districts on August 15, information related to the timeline on release of A-F report cards, information about technical details of the A-F School Grading System and a brief overview related to ESEA flexibility designations.

PARCC Prototypes Released:

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, recently released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototypes are illustrative of how the critical content and skills found in the Oklahoma C3 Standards, which include Common Core State Standards, may be measured by the PARCC assessments set to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015. The prototype items are early samples or models that may be helpful in building the actual assessment items. They also give educators and the public an early look at what next generation assessment items may look like.

View the item and task prototypes and the Model Content Frameworks at
The primary purpose of sharing item and task prototypes is to provide information and to support educators as they transition to the Oklahoma C3 Standards and the PARCC assessments. The dynamic, online prototypes presented on the PARCC website demonstrate that core shifts at the heart of the CCSS are also integrated into the design of PARCC’s technology-based assessments. Additional prototypes and rubrics will be added over the next two years to paint a more complete picture of the PARCC assessment design in each content area and grade level.

REAC3H Coaches Assist Teachers 

Sixty REAC3H Coaches this week are taking part in intensive training at the State Department of Education in foundations for reading. Next week, they will offer the professional development to classroom teachers throughout Oklahoma. While they will help teachers transition to Oklahoma C3 Standards, including Commom Core Standards in reading and math and state standards in Social Studies, their primary assignment is to help districts assure success in literacy on the third-grade reading assessments. These coaches are offering job-embedded professional development around literacy proficiency and in assisting districts as they implement a vertically aligned system that identifies students struggling in reading as early as possible and assures that a comprehensive intervention strategy is in place. iThis will assure that each student at risk will be tracked by teams of teachers from prekindergarten through third grade. For more information about the coaches or to schedule training for your school, contact Assistant State Superintendent of Instruction Marsha Thompson at405.521-3361 or

Cara Cusick, Director of District OutREAC3H
Email:  Phone: (405) 522-3251