Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review the PARCC Draft Model Content Frameworks for Assessment

I am writing about a limited-time offer. I hope you will join colleagues across the state and in our partner states to critique the initial work of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) Consortium.

As you know, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics and the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy, both of which incorporate the Common Core State Standards. This summer copies of these Massachusetts frameworks were sent to all public school districts in the Commonwealth so that educators will have them available for planning curriculum during the coming year.

We are asking for your assistance in reviewing drafts of new additional resources for curriculum alignment developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) Consortium, which consists of Massachusetts and 23 other states that have joined together for the primary purpose of creating new assessments based on the Common Core State Standards.

Drafts of the PARCC Consortium’s guidance documents, called "model content frameworks" for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, are now available for public review. The intent of the model content frameworks is to identify the big ideas in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for each grade level and to help determine the focus for various PARCC assessments being developed by the consortium. The frameworks are being created through a collaborative process that includes state experts and members of the team that wrote the Common Core State Standards.
For more information or to view the drafts of the model content frameworks and comment on them in an online survey, visit:
http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-content-frameworks.

The public review period, which lasts until August 17, allows for feedback from a wide group of stakeholders, including Pre-k-12 educators, curriculum and assessment experts, and post secondary faculty. Responses will strengthen the final versions of PARCC’s content framework documents, which will be published in fall, 2011.

Share this information with any colleagues that you think may be interested and thank you, in advance, for taking the time to participate in this important project.