PARCC Cut Scores to Differ by PARCC State?
In Spring 2015, a number of states and DC administered Pearson-vended PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests, supposedly aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which CCSS proponents assume surely translates into the well-marketed “college and career readiness.”
Ten states and DC entered into contracts with Pearson for the 2015 PARCC tests, with just over half of Massachusetts districts choosing to use PARCC. As for Louisiana, it had no contract with Pearson for PARCC and instead gave tests that PARCC now nebulously describes as “included items developed though the PARCC process.”
That was spring 2015. As for 2016, Louisiana will not be giving an entire PARCC test. (The 2015 legislature forbade contracting with PARCC for 2016 assessments and put a limit that less than half of 2016 assessment items could be PARCC items.) Too,Arkansas, Mississippi, and Ohio will not participate in PARCC in 2016.
So, as of this writing, for 2016, PARCC is down to seven states and DC.
Keep in mind that the whole point of PARCC was to provide ueber-standardized assessments to accompany ueber-standardized CCSS. The US Department of Education (USDOE) paid for both PARCC and Smarter Balanced to somehow “help meet the President’s goal of restoring, by 2020, the nation’s position as the world leader in college graduates.”
USDOE just knew that CCSS tied to PARCC/Smarter Balanced would magically translate into America’s Leading the World in College Grads.
Despite USDOE certainty that CCSS-tied PARCC would be instrumental in ensuring USA world educational dominance, on September 10, 2015, Catherine Gewertz PARCC Cut Scores to Differ by PARCC State? | deutsch29: