Monday, June 27, 2016

Higher Education Determining College Readiness Through Common Core Aligned HS Tests

Kentucky recently announced its acceptance of PARCC scores at Level 4 and 5 as a college readiness placement exam, exempting students from any remedial work in KY public colleges and universities. Kentucky is not a member of the PARCC consortium, but the state's move follows a growing national trend to accept Common Core aligned high school exams in lieu of placement exams, such as the Accuplacer, and in place of remedial coursework.  Colleges are now accepting Smarter Balanced or PARCC assessment scores, seeing it as another "avenue for students to demonstrate college readiness" (Rhonda Epper, Colorado Department of Higher Education).  Below are the numbers of higher education institutions currently accepting a Common Core test in the following states:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Predictive Validity of MCAS and PARCC

In a study on Common Core-aligned tests, Mathematic Policy Research compared MCAS grade 10 assessments with PARCC Integrated Math, Algebra II and 10th grade ELA tests, finding that MCAS high school student scores predict college and career readiness as well as PARCC student scores.  Key findings of the study include:
  • "Both the MCAS and the PARCC predict college readiness: The validity of scores on PARCC assessments in predicting college grades is similar to the validity of scores on the MCAS.
  • Scores on both the MCAS and PARCC provide similarly strong predictions about which students need remedial coursework in college.
  • In math, meeting the PARCC standard for college readiness predicts a higher level of college performance than meeting the MCAS standard for proficiency, while in English language arts the two standards are similar.
  • In math, students who achieve the college-ready standard on PARCC are also less likely to need remediation than students who achieve the proficient standard on MCAS, while in English language arts the two standards are not statistically distinguishable."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

US DOE Releases Civil Rights Data Collection

Every two years the US Department of Education collects data on all students spending at least 50% of their time in public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, juvenile justice institutions, and special education programs.  Yesterday, the DOE released its most recent Civil Rights data from SY2013-14.  Data collection includes:

  • Demographics
  • Student enrollment
  • Discipline and bullying
  • Early childhood education 
  • Pathways to college and career
  • Teacher quality and equity
  • Use of restraint and seclusion
  • School finance
  • Teachers holding state licenses and certifications
  • Police officers assigned to campus
  • Types of incidents that trigger police response to schools
The site provides current (SY13-14) as well as past school data, as well as data tables and data analysis tools.  Data analysis tools allow users to compare districts or schools across a number of indicators of student behavior.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

PARCC Released Sample Items

Many of the schools DSAC supports are currently developing common grade-level assessments, based on Common Core standards and aligned to the PARCC and MCAS Next Generation summative assessments.  PARCC's Partnership Resource Center is a helpful resource to identifying rigorous assessment items aligned to summative tests, using the released item and practice test features.