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Has your district started PARCC modules?

Feb 12, 2013 10:25pm

Has any of your districts started the PARCC Literacy Model Content Framework yet? Ours has started and just not sure if they are having us do too much in one year for these students

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-5
  • Common Core

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    • Feb 18, 2013 7:51pm

      Jowayne-

      We haven't officially started the PARCC Framework yet, but we have officially adopted the Common Core and our Educator Evaluation System actually evaluates us on whether our curriculum is standards-based and aligned to the Common Core. We have also adopted an online textbook and an online essay grader so students can get used to digital feedback. Although it's a lot, I think that it helps to prepare the students for a test that will be super important to them and everything is aligned to the Core. What exactly is your district having you do, and why does it feel like it's a lot all at once? I'd be happy to bounce ideas around with you.

      Katie

      • Feb 27, 2013 4:14pm

        One element of the MCF that I appreciate is the way it gets teachers to look at and consider what texts are being used quarterly. Just like Katie, I am curious in what ways you are finding the process overwhelming or how you feel it may be too much for students to handle.

        • Feb 27, 2013 4:44pm

          It's not that I think the parcc modules will be too much, but rather that our district is trying to "think" what the framework modules should look like before the assessments are publicly out there. I am in full agreement that the clear focus should be on common core and then taking the time and ALL the information provided by PARCC in 2014 to create those modules. I feel that our district is trying to put the cart before the horse, so to speak. Because of that feeling, I wanted to see if any other districts have done anything with the frameworks to compare and/or see if we are on the right track, but it seems so far other districts are just concentrating on common core, which makes perfect sense. On a side note, our district (K-8) also went to trimesters a couple years ago, so again it is taking the minimal of what has been provided so far on a quarterly chart and making it work on a trimester chart.

          • Mar 1, 2013 3:35pm

            Jowayne- That does sound frustrating to have to try to guess what's on the PAARC before fully implementing the Common Core. As teachers, we just have to have faith that the PAARC will assess the Common Core, and therefore, regardless of the format, students who are taught the Common Core will be successful. Hopefully you can make that sentiment heard in your district. Right now it's time to worry about aligned current curriculum to CCSS. When the PAARC rolls out, then it's time to look into that. There is enough to worry about in the present without trying to think about the future. (: Keep doing what you're doing!

            Best,
            Katie