Louisiana PARCC Daily Update - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 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 4,342,500 PARCC tests have been administered thus far this Spring.
  • In other PARCC states, on Tuesday, test administration numbers were as follows:
    • 275,100 tests administered in Illinois
    • 248,300 tests administered in New Jersey
    • 117,100 tests administered in Maryland
    • 108,200 tests administered in Arkansas
    • 63,700 tests administered in Ohio
    • 53,400 tests administered in Mississippi
    • 51,600 tests administered in New Mexico
    • 26,600 tests administered in Massachusetts
    • 23,700 tests administered in Rhode Island
    • 9,900 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 1,770
  • Number of calls received and answered via the assessment hotline since March 2, 2015 -  252                                                                                                                                                                                   

Today's Test Session: English Language Arts Narrative Writing Task (Estimated time students will test is 40 minutes)

This session asks students to read a literary passage, answer five multiple choice questions about the passage, and then create a narrative related to the passage (e.g., finish the story, retell the story in another narrative form such as a journal entry, or retell the story from a different point of view). This task offers students a chance to demonstrate their story-telling skills by using narrative techniques including dialogue, description, and plot development.


                                        Progression of Test Questions                                                                                                                                               

EXAMPLE: Grade 6 ELA (Writing a Narrative)



Think about what might happen next.

Write a multi-paragraph story for your teacher that finishes the gemstone passage. Use what you know about the passage's setting, characters, and conflict as you finish the plot. Use details from the passage to help tell your story.

In the passage from Magic Elizabeth, the author creates a vivid setting and two distinct characters, Mrs. Chipley and Sally. Think about the details the author uses to establish setting and the characters.

Write an original story about what happens when Sally arrives at Aunt Sarah's house. In your story, be sure to use what you have learned about the setting and the characters as you tell what happens next.

For additional assessment questions or concerns, call the LDOE Assessment Hotline at 844-268-7320 or email assessment@la.gov

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