Mar 16, 2015

Testing Information:

  • More than 320,000 Louisiana students will participate in the PARCC assessments for grades 3-8 this week.
  • More than 1,200 school sites will administer PARCC tests this week.
  • More than 3,820,000 PARCC tests were administered thus far this Spring.
  • In other PARCC states, from Friday, test administration numbers were as follows:
    • 239,700 tests administered in Illinois
    • 100,000 tests administered in Maryland
    • 226,500 tests administered in New Jersey
    • 70,600 tests administered in Arkansas
    • 41,900 tests administered in New Mexico
    • 8,400 tests administered in Mississippi
    • 4,500 tests administered in Washington DC

LDOE Guidance and Support:

  • Number of emails received and answered via the assessment inbox since January 1, 2015 - More than 1,660
  • Number of calls received and answered via the assessment hotline since March 2, 2015 - 184


Today's Test Session: English Language Arts Literary Analysis Task (Estimated time students tested is 50 minutes)

This session provides students an opportunity to show their understanding of literature by reading two literary passages, answering six multiple choice questions about the passages, and writing an extended response that compares and/or explains key ideas in the passages (e.g., theme/central idea, characterization, structure, etc.) at grades 3-5 or analyzing key ideas in the passages at grades 6-8 (e.g., development of theme, interaction of literary elements, structure's relationship to meaning, effects of point of view, etc.).  


Progression of Test Questions from 2013 to 2015


EXAMPLE: Grade 7 ELA (Analyzing Literature)




The purpose of the passage is to show

  1. how simple things give life meaning.
  2. that following a dream brings happiness.
  3. how remaining calm can prevent a crisis.
  4. the importance of friendship in times of need.


Write an extended response that states a central idea of the passage and analyzes the development of that central idea. Include the following in your response:

  • A central idea of the passage


  • A thorough explanation of how the characters' actions, thoughts, and words throughout the story develop that central idea

Make sure your response includes specific evidence from the passage.

You have read the passage from

Boy's Life and "Emancipation: A Life Fable." Write an essay that identifies a similar theme in each text and compares and contrasts the approaches each text uses to develop this theme. Be sure to support your response with evidence from both texts.









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