In order to ensure students are ready for college and the jobs of Louisiana's economy, our state is moving to higher standards for students. As a part of this transition, students in grades 3-8 will be taking the PARCC assessment in English language arts and math starting spring of 2015. During the first year of the test, students in grades 3-4 will be taking a paper and pencil version of the assessment and students in grades 5-8 will be taking an online version of the assessment. By 2015-2016 all students in grades 3-8 will be taking the assessment online.
This week, the Department released a tutorial and a set of sample assessment questions that are precise replicas of the questions students will be answering on next year's test. Using these samples, school leaders, teachers, and parents, can explore not only the intellectual challenges of the new tests, but also the technology that enables students to demonstrate their thinking in ways never before possible.
The assessments provide students a set of features only available through the new technology including highlighters, adjusted font size, masking tool to block eliminated answer choices, and line readers to keep students on track within a passage. These tools should be used by educators, families and students prior to the upcoming field test if students are participating.
In the coming weeks, the Department will be sharing curriculum resources along with specific curriculum recommendations, curriculum guidebooks and assessment guides.