Before we start end of year PARCC testing, I wanted to share some important FAQs about the second part of PARCC testing. Please read the information below and contact Diane Kieres, Elyse Knapcik, or myself if you have further questions.
PARCC EOY FAQs:
When is PARCC part two testing?
The window for CPS to administer the PARCC part two test is April 27 through May 22. Hitch students will take the PARCC part two test May 4-5 in the morning.
Who is taking the PARCC test?
Just like the first section of PARCC, 3rd-8th grade students will take the PARCC test. PARCC replaced the ISAT test. PreK-2nd graders do not take the PARCC test.
How long will students be testing?
3rd-5th graders have a 75 minute English test and two 75 minute math tests. Total, 3rd-5th grade students will test 225 minutes. 6th-8th graders have two 60 minute English tests and two Math tests (one is 80 minutes and the other is 75 minutes). Total, 3rd-8th graders will test 275 minutes.
What if my child opted out of the first section of PARCC? Will he/she have to opt out again?
No. If your child opted out of the first section of PARCC, they will automatically be opted out of the second part. For more information about opting out of the PARCC test, please contact the main office and ask to speak with Mr. Stich or Ms. Kieres.
Will students have regular instruction on testing days?
Yes. Testing will take place in the morning, and regular classes will resume no later than 11:15 on each day of testing.
Why are there two parts of the PARCC Test?
PARCC is broken into part one and part two. Part one assesses student’s depth and complexity of thought. Part two assess how much of the grade level standards students learned.
Will the PARCC test be used for CPS school ratings?
In 2014-2015, CPS will not use the PARCC test for school accountability. Currently, CPS uses the NWEA test for school ratings.