Handbook of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Lisa Leali, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
PARCC – Illinois’ new assessment and accountability measure for students
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the new state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered to students in English Language Arts and mathematics. The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) has been retired.
In the Spring, PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level. Get more details about PARCC on the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Parent information on PARCC Accommodations for IEPs, 504 Plans, and ELL students.
Student Achievement — Are we there yet?
At Hawthorn, “Inspiring all students to embrace learning in an ever-changing world” is more than a motto. Our teachers and administrators are constantly striving to find ways to effectively reach each learner. Staff development in differentiating instruction, implementation of the Response to Intervention model and engaging use of technology and 21st century tools are just some of the ways that we are working to address the needs of every child.
When have we reached our goal?
All students are unique, so how do we determine goals for each student? Achievement is ongoing — as students learn, the bar continues to move up. How do we account for that continuous learning as we quantify achievement?
Hawthorn has developed a definition and process for identifying achievement and how our classroom instruction is affecting achievement. It takes into account both externally driven assessments (that is, the state’s mandated PARCC testing results) as well as our own ongoing internal assessment resources (such as MAP testing data, local assessments or IEP goals). Each student is measured by what their data indicates they will most likely do at Hawthorn, and how they actually perform on our assessments. This way, we can measure not only how well students are doing, but how well we are doing as an educational system.
Learning is more than goal setting
As we talk about meeting District achievement goals, it is important to remember that our efforts at Hawthorn move beyond “meeting the goals.” It is true that measuring against goals is critical in order for us to determine where we succeed and where we need support. But our larger purpose takes us well beyond those benchmarks to ensure that all of our students not only have the basic skills and knowledge needed for success, but that they also reach their full potential as lifelong learners.
Questions may be directed to Dr. Lisa Leali