Are you administering Ohio’s PARCC or AIR Assessments? Here are Step by Step Guides.

We are approximately two weeks out from the start of Ohio's administration of the PARCC and AIR assessments.  To help in training teachers and proctors that will administer the PARCC and AIR assessment, I have created a number of step by step video guides that will guide the test administrators down the path to be [...]

Math performance-based practice tests now available

Here are practice tests for performance-based math tests in grades 3-8, algebra I and geometry. The practice tests will help teachers and students understand the new state tests students will take in February and March. The performance-based test is part one of the new state math test and covers knowledge and skills taught 75 percent [...]

Next Generation Assessment Information for PLSD Staff Members

Beginning with this school year (2014-15), Ohio school districts will switch from the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) and Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) to a new set of exams. These Next Generation Assessments more closely align with the state’s new learning standards and with the PLSD curriculum. These assessments also encourage students to use the critical [...]

Technology Snapshot Video #4

In this week's technology snapshot video, I have investigated the PARCC calculators and gave recommendations of free iPad apps that will closely resemble the PARCC calculators.  Since PLSD will be giving the assessments all online this year through iPads, students will not have "regular" calculators.  The calculator will be available through the PARCC testing platform [...]

ASCD and PARCC Releases Educator Resources Project on iTunes U

PARCC is pleased to announce - along with our partners ASCD and Apple - the release of iTunes U Common Core Resources collections, designed by teachers for teachers, and free for all educators. Teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre, and ASCD teachers created this curation of instructional resources and [...]