ELA PARCC Assessment Organizer

Taken from resources found on Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) - http://www/parcconline.org/

The Organizer

Helping educators organize information from PARCC's Blueprints and Test specifications in English Language Arts.

An example page taken from resources found on Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) - http://www.parcconline.org/

PARCC's Next Generation of Assessments will be used to help students, teachers and parents determine if students are on track for post-secondary success. PARCC has released a number of tools that will help teachers and administrators transition to the Common Core Standards adn to the next generation of assessments. The Organizer will help educators understand the PARCC tools and how to use them.

PARCC has released the following documents that will help educators understand the design of the assessments: Blueprints, Evidence Statement Tables and Test Specifications. PARCC continues to update these documents throughout the year. Additional Task Models have been added. We will update The Organizer periodically to address these changes.

The Organizer as a Tool for Educators

PARCC has developed a number os possible Task Models that align with the Common Core Standards. A table within The Organizer has been developed for each Task Model for each grade level.

Column 1

Column 1 dentifies the Task Type. The Organizer color coldes the Task Types:

  • Medium blue for Literary Analysis;
  • Dark blue for Research;
  • Light blue for Narrative Tasks.

The definitions of the three Task Tasks as defined by PARCC are:

  • Literary Analysis - This task will ask students to carefully consider literature of clase study and compose an analytic essay.
  • Research - Students will analyze an informational topic presented through several articles or multimedia stimuli. The first text will be an anchor text that introduces the topic. Students will engage with the texts by answering a series of questions and synthesizing information from multiple sources to write analytic essays.
  • Narrative Prose Constructed Response - In this task, students may be asked to write a story, detail a scientific process write an historical account of important figures or describe an account of events, scenes or objects.
  • See PARCC online.

Column 2

Column 2 identifies the focus of the Task Model.

Column 3

Column 3 communicates the number of passages that students will read.

Columns 4, 5, 6

Columns 4, 5 and 6 identify the item type along with the matching standards and subclaims.

Students will be asked to complete the following item types:

  • Prose Constructed Response - essay
  • Evidence-based Selected Response (EBSR) - All EBSR items are two parts developed through the use of paired questions. The first part measures the reader accuracy and comprehension of texts with a measure of reading standards 2-9. The second part measures the textual evidence a reader has used to develop accurate comprehension (reading standard 1).
  • Technology Enhanced Constructive Response - This response is similar to the EBSR in purpose as it measures both reading comprehension of standards 2 to 9. It also instructs the reader to go back into the text and highlight a selection or return to the text, select a phrase or sentence, and drag and drop that response into a dialog box. Other possibilities may be explored.

Column 7

Column 7 lists the steps the students will take to complete the Task Type.

Use the Organizer to:

  1. Develop units that band English/Language Arts, Science and History content standards together based on Task Type and Task Focus.
  2. Develop writing activities that focus on Task Types (Literature Analysis, Research and Narrative Writing).
  3. Develop and select assessment tasks in terms of Task Type, Task Focus, Item Type, Standards and Order of Student Actions.
  4. Align assessments to Formative Instructional Practices (FIP).

View the English/Language Arts PARCC Organizers based on information from PARCC ELA Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) Task Generation Models and PARCC PBA Form Specifications.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11