WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When parents receive their child's PARCC score report later this fall, they can visit UnderstandTheScore.org, to learn about the report and access resources to support their child at home.
UnderstandTheScore.org is a comprehensive digital hub that explains the results of the PARCC score report and provides resources for parents to support their child's achievement. Parents who visit can access a Score Report Guide to help them identify the key factors that determine their child's performance on the PARCC test, as well as his or her academic gaps and strengths in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Once parents pinpoint their child's strengths or needs, they can connect to resources, tools and activities that support their child's progress. If parents have additional questions regarding the PARCC assessments in their state, they can consult the FAQ library and information and contacts for their specific state. Many of the resources are also available in Spanish.
"Score reports are tools for parents to understand where their child is doing well, and where there may be a need for additional support," said Laura Bay, President of the National PTA. "The reports are designed to be actionable – so we encourage parents to spend time with them and visit UnderstandTheScore.org to help interpret results and find great tools and resources that can help their child succeed academically."
The PARCC tests measure the extent to which students are learning the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their K-12 education and beyond. Since the PARCC tests assess complex skills like critical-thinking, writing and problem-solving, the score reports may look different than previous reports. UnderstandTheScore.org helps parents understand these new reports.
"The value of the score reports is that they give parents and teachers the specific information they need to support each child's learning," said Laura Slover, CEO, Parcc Inc. "Parents can use this information to communicate with teachers about their child's progress, and teachers can use it to tailor instruction to meet each student's needs."
This past spring, five million students in 11 participating states and the District of Columbia took the PARCC tests in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for the first time. More than 200 educators and higher education leaders from PARCC states met over the summer to review the tests and determine the threshold scores that define PARCC's five distinct performance levels which make up the score reports.
Parents will begin to receive their student's individual score reports from their schools in late November and into early December. The PARCC score report serves as an academic checkup about how students are doing so that teachers, parents and students can start working together now to ensure kids are prepared for success – from grade to grade and beyond high school.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next grade and, ultimately, in college and their careers. These assessments were designed from the ground up by educators to be different than previous state tests and to evaluate not only knowledge, but also important skills like critical thinking, problem solving and effective communications. The assessments provide critical information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.