DEPARTMENT RELEASES REPORT AFTER NEARLY 25,000 LOUISIANA STUDENTS COMPLETE PARCC TEST OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS

Apr 16, 2014

Results of “Dry Run” to Inform Plan for Supporting Schools and Districts for Upcoming Year

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today released a
report detailing the first phase of PARCC field testing, allowing a “dry run” for schools and students one year in advance of the state’s move toward standards and tests that keep Louisiana competitive with states across the country. Nearly 25,000 Louisiana students in nearly 500 schools within 60 school districts successfully completed the test.  The report captures initial findings that will inform the state’s plan for supporting schools and school systems in the year to come. The field test also allows test makers to use Louisiana student results and administrator feedback in designing the final test one year from now.

Over the course of the next month another 25,000 Louisiana students will take a second version of the dry run test.

Louisiana developed the PARCC test alongside 15 other states to measure the academic achievement of Louisiana students in comparison to others across the country. Throughout every step of development Louisiana educators were involved, including creating test questions and voting on policy decisions. In 2014-2015, students in grades 3-4 will take the PARCC assessments on paper, while students in grades 5-8 will take online tests.

The test moves away from the predominant LEAP style multiple choice questions, requiring more writing, more critical thinking, and greater demand for students to show their reasoning and logic as they arrive at answers.

“For four years, Louisiana educators have been preparing to teach higher standards. With the completion of this first test, that day has finally come,” said State Superintendent John White. “This test will allow us the most accurate assessment of how well we are preparing our kids for the competitive world beyond high school.”

The report concluded that the field test successfully achieved its objectives:

  • Nearly 25,000 students completed the field test successfully in nearly 500 schools.
  • More than 1,600 teachers administered the test in their classrooms.
  • Test developers will use Louisiana student responses to assess the validity of each test question.
  • The computer devices and Internet bandwidth in Louisiana schools met the technology demands of the test.

The report also detailed two areas in which Louisiana will improve the test experience for students over the course of the next year:

  • Because technology allows for questions that involve enhanced elements, such as film, the test should include additional instructions for the new types of questions.
  • Louisiana will develop its own guidance manual for teachers administering the test, as a state-specific guide will help Louisiana schools adjust past practices that have been unique to the state.

To view the PARCC Field Test report for the first phase, please click here.

For more information on the transition to higher expectations, please click
here.

For more information on the PARCC assessments, please click
here.

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