At the October 20th program, I participated in a K-12 discussion forum with Hope Township teacher Lianne Markus, Camden Chief Education Officer Paymon Rouhanifard, NJPSA Executive Director Patricia Wright, PTA President-Elect Rose Acerra and NJSBA President Donald Webster. Our conversation focused on the valuable data which PARCC provides to educators that has been unavailable through prior state student assessment program results. Student score reports are more informative than those provided through prior state assessments for both parents and educators. PARCC is scheduled to release test items later this month and student scores in November, further supporting educator examination of student needs and changes to curriculum and instruction.
I believe that the many resources provided by PARCC will be well received by New Jersey educators. These resources include score report guides for teachers and parents; distinct video presentations for teachers, principals and district leaders; Teaching Channel Videos; Model Content Frameworks; Performance Level Descriptors; Text Complexity Worksheets; Blueprints & Evidence Statement Tables; Practice Tests; and Technology Tutorials. Teachers will have diagnostic and formative tools to guide their instruction with students. These and future PARCC results will better guide our examination of the curriculum we present to students and the instruction that they receive from teachers.
New Jersey Department of Education personnel will support the work of school leaders in informing students, parents and communities of the assessment results through development of a template cover letter to accompany parent score reports, a Power Point presentation for public presentations, and a score report sample for dissemination to parents whose children did not participate in the assessment.
The teaching-learning process becomes better focused and more effective by relevant information received from each component: curriculum, instruction and assessment. As PARCC delivers enhanced information about how students are meeting the Core Curriculum Content Standards we can develop individual student plans guiding them toward success as we modify and enhance curricula and classroom instruction to improve the achievement of all students.
NJASA staff members and the volunteer members of the NJASA Committees look forward to supporting your work with New Jersey’s public school students through these exciting and challenging times.