After recent state-level votes, Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s unyielding support, and varying green-lit funding , it looks like the Common Core Standards Initiative, and therefore the PARCC testing assessments, may be coming to the Page Unified School District in the 2014 – 2015 school year.
PARCC, or The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is the benchmark testing for what may soon be the newly administered Common Core standards across the nation. Pilot testing with selected fifth and fourth grade Desert View Elementary classes were administered by PUSD last week, alongside 40,000 other students nation-wide.
The students participated in the current forms of PARCC PBA, or, “performance based assessment” testing. All testing was completed online to help determine the functionality of the software and interactive tools of the program. Select classes from the middle school and high school will also participate in similar EOY, or, “end of year” tests later in the school year. The tests will not be graded or assessed in anyway for this academic year and, rather, will serve as stress tests for software and bandwidth allocations.
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