Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Test Out PARCC's Computer Based Sample Items Now!

This is the moment I've been waiting for: the opportunity to see what PARCC can truly do.  Have you been wondering what the real advantage is of taking a computer-based exam instead of a paper-based exam?  Well now we can interact with computer based samples and practice using the tools that are available.  Tools include drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, equation builder and features that make the test more accessible for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners.  I encourage you to check out the Computer Based PARCC Samples.

It is important for students to practice using these tools, but it is also important for parents, teachers and administrators to be able to navigate these computer-based assessments.  Please note that you must practice the English items (grades 3-5, grades 6-8 or high school) before getting to the math items.  Because I was more interested in the math items, I simply clicked the forward arrow through the English questions so that I could begin practicing using the math tools.  Tutorials are available for those who need a few tips.  Enjoy getting to know PARCC's features!

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