Schools administer modified PARCC test

The Galesburg school district begins Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing starting today for grades three through eight.

As the PARCC test enters its second year, school districts will be administering an altered version compared to the 2014-15 tests that left many districts, including 205, with less than exceptional results.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Pre-K Services Tammie Bolden tells WGIL this year’s test has reduced the time limits for math by 60 minutes and for English language arts by 30 minutes.

“Hopefully now we understand exactly what the PARCC is looking for,” Bolden says. “The types of rubrics that are expected for writing, to help our students understand, in math, using a computer instead of a calculator to do your calculations.”

Last year, students were allowed to use a physical calculator.

Williamsfield Superintendent Tim Farquer says taking note of the effectiveness of changes from last is important moving forward.

We had a baseline establishment last year,” he says. “Feedback was exchanged with PARCC and improvements were made to the system based upon that feedback.”

The Williamsfield school district administers their PARCC testing in May.

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