Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaching

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tuesday Teaching Tips - Preparing for PARCC

Computer-Based Assessment:  To prepare students for the many different types of questions that could be on the PARCC test, check out this site.  On this site, there are many samples of innovative questions from less complex to more complex.  

Computer-Based Assessment: "Intermediate Constraint" Questions and Tasks for Technology Platforms

10 Key Online Testing Terms

Stems for use in writing PARCC-like items and text-dependent questions


Here are some sites with sample Math & ELA questions:
*CCSS Aligned Practice Tests & Sample Questions for Grades 3-8
*Elementary Research Models
*PARCC Sample Questions
*ELA Practice Passages & Questions

Math Prototype Tasks
The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox site offers examples of the types of innovative assessment tasks that reflect the direction of the PARCC summative assessments.
Elementary School Tasks
Middle School Tasks

PARCC-like Items
The below PARCC-like items have been developed by Arizona teachers, coaches and administrators. (The teacher version includes rationale, standards assessed, and scoring rubric, along with the test questions)
English/Language Arts

Sample Items and Think-Throughs
The below Arizona sample assessment item and think-through sets were designed to help prepare students for the PARCC assessments.
Grades 3 - 5
Grades 6 - 8

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday Teaching Tip - Child/Teacher Friendly "I Can" statements

As we write ELA curriculum, I find it helpful to look at "I can..." statements to guarantee that we are covering all the required common core standards.  I found this wonderful website that has many great resources called "The Curriculum Corner."  There are many helpful documents organized by grade level.  Find some time and check out your grade level:

The Curriculum Corner (Click on the links below)

I Can... Statements by grade level

Common Core Checklists by grade level