As we all know, beginning this coming school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Career (PARCC) assessments will replace some states’ Achievement and End of Course math and ELA assessments.
It’s not too early to plan how you will prepare – and Stride Academy can help!
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Here are 5 Ways Stride Academy Aligns with PARCC Assessment:
1. Practice curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
This means that from Day 1 of the school year, your students are able to practice the exact standards and skills that will be assessed on the PARCC math and ELA tests – anytime, during school and after school, on any device.
2. Data reporting, assessment and custom quiz building also aligned to CCSS!
Meanwhile, teachers and staff can access real-time data reporting, assessment and custom quiz building tools to see at any time how students are performing on these specific standards and skills. Focus your classroom instruction on prevalent skill gaps using the data from Stride Academy. The closer you get to PARCC testing dates, you can create “test run” practice assessments to get your students used to working efficiently on a timed test.
3. A variety of interactive, technology-enhanced item types to help students prepare for the different types of questions they will see on the PARCC tests.
We know that PARCC will include multiple choice, but also interactive technology questions that require students to drag and drop items, type an answer where no choices are given, or select from many options.
Stride Academy offers 10 innovative item types that require specialized interactions to assist students in demonstrating a deeper understanding of content, just as they will be required to do on the PARCC tests.
4. Authentic texts and content-rich reading passages.
The PARCC passage selection guidelines state: “The texts students encounter on tests should be worthy of careful attention, be content rich and challenging, and exhibit professional published quality.”
Stride Academy’s literary pieces are from enduring authors such as William Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain. Our informational texts cover a variety of genres and topics from social studies, science and technology. All of our reading passages are measured for text complexity using validated readability methods to ensure vocabulary and word count are appropriate for each grade level. Just as it will be on the PARCC ELA/literacy assessments, our passages are reinforced by multiple choice and selected-response questions that will require students to provide evidence to support their answers.
5. End of Course content for high school assessment.
As PARCC will also replace many states’ EOC tests in math and ELA for high school, Stride Academy provides high school students excellent practice in Algebra I & II, Geometry, and English I, II & III, aligned to your state’s standards. As of June 2014, Stride Academy also added U.S. History and Biology high school content to support the end of course tests in those subject areas that will not be covered by PARCC.