Media Alert: Student Leaders to Test The New PARCC Assessment

Students Taking Part in Maryland Association of Student Councils Meeting Will Review The Test

For Immediate Release                                            Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (March 26, 2014)

Several dozen student leaders will take part in a tutorial of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test during this week’s Maryland Association of Student Councils conference in Ocean City.

More than 60 middle and high school students will be trying out sample test questions on the technology platform that students are using on the PARCC field test currently taking place in Maryland schools.  While the students will not be taking part in the actual field test, they will be answering practice questions that approximate the assessment experience.  The questions use computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder.

Maryland and 11 other States are scheduled to switch to the PARCC exams in 2014-15.  The new, computer-based assessments, covering English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades 3-8 and at the high school level, are aligned with the new Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, which were built on the Common Core State Standards. 

WHO:             Delegates to the Maryland Association of Student Councils
                        MSDE Staff

WHAT:          Tutorial on the PARCC exams.

WHEN:          1-3 p.m., Thursday, March 27

WHERE:       Clarion Fountainbleau Resort
                         Room 302
                        10100 Coastal Hwy
                        Ocean City, MD 21842
                        (410) 524-3535



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