Common Core test items ready for online practice

PARCC, one of two state consortia designing online Common Core exams, has posted sample test items for students to experience by computer

online-testTeachers in 18 states and the District of Columbia have new resources to help them prepare their students for online Common Core testing: The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia that are designing online Common Core exams, has posted sample test items for every grade level on the testing platform that students will use when taking the field test later this spring.

That means teachers, students, parents, and others will be able to try sample test items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. PARCC also has released online tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the exam; how to use the computer-based tools; and features that make the exam more accessible for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners.

“This spring’s field test will allow us to try out PARCC test questions, ensure the questions are aligned to the content area they cover, and build the best test we can,” said Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester, who serves as chair of the PARCC Governing Board.…Read More

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 2: Common Core testing, backlash

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. Number 2? It’s all about Common Core.

Common-CoreIn school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.…Read More