1,000 Teachers Examine PARCC: Perspectives on the Quality of New Assessments
Teach Plus brought together over 1,000 teachers in three states and the District of Columbia for an intensive day of professional development to evaluate sample questions provided by the PARCC assessment consortium. Teachers were able to learn more about PARCC questions, their alignment to CCSS, and the characteristics of high-quality assessments. The teachers then used this knowledge to review PARCC sample test items, discuss them with fellow teachers, and provide feedback about the quality of the test. This report presents the results of their feedback of these teachers. The report is organized around five key findings that emerged from the teachers’ feedback about the PARCC assessment items and concludes with suggestions on what teachers need moving forward.