Please be reminded that we will be conducting our annual Veterans Day Assembly on November 11. Please encourage any veterans you know to attend this event so that we can say, “Thank you.”
As you may or may not know, students in Illinois will be taking a new standard assessment this year. The ISAT and PSAE have been replaced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. We are including part of a communication provided by Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch below.
“The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), and differs from these former assessment systems in a number of ways: The PARCC system aligns college and career readiness expectations from kindergarten through grade 12 for the first time in Illinois. (Our previous state tests did not and there was a longstanding disconnect in statewide results, with generally higher scores on the ISAT than the PSAE.) The assessments measure whether or not students have the academic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed after high school. The information can be used to address issues early on, reducing the percentage of students who have to take costly and time-consuming remedial classes in college. Using technology-enhanced items and various other innovations, students will get a chance to better showcase their skills and results will become available for use more quickly. Students must analyze information and explain their answers. The PARCC assessment takes advantage of technology to include questions and other tasks that correspond to the type of work that students will encounter in their classrooms on a regular basis and after high school. These assessments help to encourage schools to use technology as a day-to-day tool to enhance learning.
More than 110,000 students in 500 districts and 1,200 schools participated in field testing portions of the PARCC assessment in the spring of 2014 to help pave the way for the debut of PARCC as the state assessment in the 2014-15 school year. Third- through eighth-graders will take the PARCC assessment in both English language arts and math. At the high school level, three PARCC tests will be available: Algebra II or Integrated Math III and English Language Arts III.”
For additional information please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website at http://www.isbe.net/hot-topics.htm?col2=open#CollapsiblePanel2
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