PARCC

Back to paper and pencil for District 153 PARCC test takers

Student testing time for the state mandated PARCC test has been reduced from four weeks to just one week because Homewood District 153 is now able to give the test with paper and pencil.
 
Kathy Schaeflein, director of curriculum and instruction, said the district applied for a waiver so that the test no longer has to be administered by computer. 
 

District 153 assessments show students meeting, exceeding standards

Students in Homewood District 153 schools  generally are meeting or exceeding expectations, according to an analysis of testing data.
 
Midwest Analytics and Education LLC presented a report to the District 153 school board in October. In its summary, the company reported:
  • Students typically score at or above national averages
  • Grade level averages increase each year, with generally higher growth in lower grade levels

Changes helping with Round Two of PARCC testing

Administrators in Homewood District 153 are delighted with the longer testing window and shorter testing time for the 2016 PARCC tests.

In 2015, the first year of the test, all students were tested in the same few weeks. This year the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) moved from specified weeks for testing and told schools testing can take place between March 7 and June 10.

Problems minimal in Homewood District 153’s initial days of PARCC testing

There’s a general sigh of relief in Homewood District 153 as only minor glitches have come up during the first five days of PARCC testing.

Pre-test training sessions helped familiarize students with the test concepts and necessary computer skills, the district’s bandwidth proved sufficient for the multi-computer use and a few minor issues have been solved and chalked up to experience.

Sample PARCC tests give District 153 board members pause

Students will begin taking the new state mandated five-part assessment test Feb. 25, but at the school board’s meeting Monday, Brabec volunteered to come up to a computer and take a three-part practice test in math designed for a 3rd grader. 

District 161 board rejects computer purchase for PARCC testing

Board of Education members in Flossmoor School District 161 Monday rejected an emergency administration request for new computers to be used during the state-mandated PARCC standardized test, which students will begin taking later this month.

District 161 superintendent questions value of state-mandated PARCC test

In a letter Friday to the Flossmoor School District 161 community, Superintendent Craig Doster questioned the value of the state-mandated PARCC test for local students and schools.

PARCC testing now required in Illinois

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is the new standardized test being rolled out in Illinois schools to meet Common Core standards.

Homewood Schools among the first in Illinois to move from paper testing to computer

Homewood School District 153 will be one of the first districts in Illinois to administer state testing by computer this spring.

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