PARCC Results Released
On Friday, December 11 the Colorado Department of Education released PARCC test results for schools and districts across the state, setting a new baseline score for measuring student achievement. The online tests were administered to students across the state last spring.
Student reports will be released in the near future and sent home from their individual schools.
The English language arts and math tests were developed in collaboration with other states known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. They are part of the state’s overall testing program known as CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) which also includes tests in science and social studies.
It’s important to remember that the PARCC results cannot be accurately compared to prior state administered tests like TCAP and CSAP because the testing process, questions and scoring guidelines are dramatically different.
Statewide results were released last month, and as expected, showed a decrease in the number of students measuring at the highest levels.
As you are probably aware, the PARCC tests have been controversial with many parents, educators and lawmakers questioning the value of the tests, leading to a large number of students “opting out” of the testing process.
Due to the number of complaints, changes have already been made for 2016, resulting in shorter and fewer tests. The major changes are highlighted below:
- No state tests will be given to grade 12 students
- Tests will be given in one window
- Tests for each grade have been shortened by 90 minutes
- 10th and 11th grade students will not take the PARCC-developed English language arts and math tests
- The new 10th grade and corresponding college entrance exams are currently in the procurement process
- Only one-third of grade 4 and 7 students will take social studies tests
While District 50 has shown steady improvement in prior tests, the District has long believed that the standardized, “high stakes” testing program used by Colorado is not compatible with our Competency Based System (CBS).
State tests, like PARCC, measure students by their grade level (age) at one specific point in time during the school year, while CBS teaches students at their appropriate learning level. It has been our experience that some students have not yet been exposed to information on the standardized test because they are instead working towards competency on another skill set. It is our policy to have staff teach their students at the appropriate level, and not “teach to the test.”
You can find out more information about CBS at www.cbsadams50.org.
Additional PARCC details and results can be found here.
Posted December 14, 2015