At the end of August, PARCC released its phase 1 item and task prototypes in an effort to provide information to educators and support their transition to preparing students for the forthcoming next-generation, technology-based assessments in 2014-2015. So far the consortium has provided a sampling of ELA passages, items, and rubrics for grades 3, 6, 7, and 10 as well as a PowerPoint presentation to share additional information about these prototypes. Additional samples and rubrics will be developed and posted on their site in the coming months.
As we begin the 2012-2013 school year, you may want to take a look at these prototypes–even if PARCC has not provided one yet for the grade level you’re teaching. And it’s helpful to look at multiple prototypes to get a sense of how multiple-choice, constructed response, and essay responses are being designed, as not all of these types of items are reflected in the samples for individual grade levels. The samples provided demonstrate a much greater emphasis on using evidence from texts and indicate how students will use the drag-and-drop and highlighting features available with digital text to explicitly cite the evidence for their answers.
I will post more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, I hope you have a great start to the 2012-2013 school year!