Friday, June 13, 2014

MCAS/Accountability Data Release Schedule

DESE recently posted the 2014 MCAS and Accountability Release Schedule. Here are the key dates summarized but please see the full document for more details. 

  • June 23rd - partial* preliminary MCAS Student Rosters posted electronically at DropBox Central in the Security Portal
  • June 26th - partial* preliminary reports available in Edwin Analytics (student rosters, as well as district/school item analyses and results by domain and cluster)
  • August 7th - full preliminary MCAS results available in both DropBox Central and Edwin Analytics
  • August 12th - Preliminary Accountability data provided through the Security Portal (the specific application is called something like “Accountability 2014”)
  • Aug 7-14th - MCAS discrepancy reporting window opens/closes
  • Mid-September - Official data released publicly (note, all data are embargoed prior to this date!)


*Partial results include: 
  • ELA, full results 
  • Mathematics, multiple-choice results only 
  • STE, grades 5 and 8, multiple-choice results only 
  • MCAS-Alt, full results in all subjects

What did students think of PARCC?

What did students think of the content and difficulty of the PARCC online PBA questions?

In ELA:  
  • 12% of the students thought that “All” or “Most” of the questions asked about things that had not yet learned this school year.
  •  88% thought that “Few” or “None” were about things not yet learned.
and
  • 28% thought the content was “harder” than their school work.
  • 56% thought it was “about the same” as their school work.
  • 17% thought it was “easier” than their school work. 
In Math:
  • 30% thought that “All” or “Most” of the questions asked about things that had not yet learned this school year.
  • 70% thought that “Few” or “None” were about things not yet learned.
and
  • 61% thought the content was “harder” than their school work.
  • 33% thought it was “about the same” as their school work.
  • 5% thought it was “easier” than their school work. 

This data comes from the PARCC Field Test Student Survey Responses document, posted on ESE’s PARCC site. The site includes a number of resources to assist districts in the 2015 PARCC/MCAS decision (including an FAQ at the top of the page), as well as communication tools to use with various audiences (e.g. parents, educators, school committees).


I know I'll be perusing the "MCAS and PARCC: How We Will Compare Results" and "MCAS and PARCC: Sustaining a Reliable Growth Measure"