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Survey to Assess State's Readiness for PARCC Assessments

The following information was sent to District Superintendents last week. This is a reminder of important deadlines.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have contracted with Pearson to develop a Technology Readiness Tool to support states’ planning as they transition to online assessments to be launched beginning in 2014. There are several important survey collection windows to help determining Oklahoma’s “readiness” for the online PARCC assessments.

When taking advantage of these collection windows, please know it is of critical importance to the overall Common Core Standards initiative that all data submitted be of the highest accuracy. If initial input is not accurate then final data to districts, the state and consortia will not be accurate.

  • Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Friday, December 13, 2013
  • Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Monday, August 18, 2014

The current collection window will run through Friday, February 15, 2013. It is important that all schools complete and or update data in advance of the submission date.  The data provided from your district will help influence the transition to consortia assessment systems. Please make every attempt to meet these deadlines.  Your data can be updated at the Tech Readiness Tool’s website:

The state of “readiness” is continually changing, both as district and school infrastructures continue to be built and upgraded, and the assessment design is solidified.  Measures of readiness will ultimately be derived from data captured at the school level and rolled up in reports to districts, state, and consortia by the TRT and ultimately provide recommendations on technology purchases to support the implementation of the Common Core Standards.

Please note: If you are not the one responsible for completing this survey within your district, please forward this newsletter to the appropriate person(s).

For more information about the requirements for the PARCC Assessment in 2014-2015 and the progress of Oklahoma schools in supporting the development and design of the next-generation assessment system, visit the websites listed below:

Save the Date for VISION 2020

Save the dates of July 9-11, 2013, for this year's VISION 2020 Summer Conference in Oklahoma City, hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. 

This conference offers learning opportunities and professional development for everyone from the engaged parent, the classroom teacher, counselor, librarian, technology instructor, treasurer, central office personnel, principal, school board member, district superintendent, and others.  

Free attendee registration includes all professional development sessions at the conference.

For more information, visit our Vision 2020 Web page.

getting involvED – Oklahoma Family Engagement Night 2013

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is excited to announce the First Annual Oklahoma Family Engagement Night “getting involvED” on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  This event can be held in all Oklahoma schools that want to engage families and community members in supporting their students.

The office of Parent and Community Engagement has built a resource webpage for schools to:

  1. Register to host a Family Engagement Night;
  2. Have access to templates for posters and flyers to announce the event;
  3. Have ideas of topics and themes to engage family and community members;
  4. Request information on a specific topic or topics that are not on the resource page.

For more information, please contact Melodie Fulmer at (405) 522-6225 or


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