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PARCC 301: Assessment Clinic for Higher Education

Target Audience: Members of 2- and 4-year public and private campus PARCC teams

Purpose: PARCC 301: Assessment Clinic for Higher Education will provide professional development specifically designed for members of 2- and 4-year public and private campus PARCC teams to build institutional awareness of, and preparedness for, the forthcoming PARCC assessment.

The PARCC 301 clinic, which is being offered at four sites across the state, will help team members undertake campus transitional activities and prepare for the various opportunities PARCC data will provide as institutions prepare to admit students starting in 2016 who will arrive at campuses with rich performance-based, New Illinois Learning Standards-aligned assessment results.

PARCC 301 will prepare teams to work across their respective campuses to develop institutional policies and protocols aligned to the PARCC assessment.  Participants will also address critical questions raised in the field, including:

  • How do we know that PARCC test items align with the standards, and, thus our expectations for a college and career ready student?
  • What do the evidence tables mean?
  • How does PARCC compare with current placement instruments?
  • How will the new PARCC College and Career Readiness Determination (CCRD) score align with existing placement requirements established by individual institutions of higher education?
  • What PARCC information will be reported to colleges and universities?

During the clinic, team members will break out into sessions specifically addressing math and English Language Arts. There they will work with specialists versed in the PARCC assessment tool who will lead participants through test items and the evidence statements related to the 1-5 scoring system, thus facilitating a deeper understanding of the assessment tool and its potential use in working with future students.
Institutions are asked to assemble their campus PARCC teams for participation in any one of the following four opportunities to dig deeper into PARCC and its implications and opportunities for higher education:

  • PARCC 301, Sect. A: June 6, 2014, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
  • PARCC 301, Sect. B: June 23, 2104, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills Registration deadline is June 18
  • PARCC 301, Sect. C: June 25, 2014, Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Mt. Vernon Registration deadline is June 18
  • PARCC 301, Sect. D: June 26, 2014, Heartland Community College, Normal *Limited seating available* Registration deadline is June 19

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Registration is limited to six (6) team members per institution. Suggested participants include the Director of Assessment, individuals (likely faculty leaders) representing math and English, and team members holding decision-making authority in Academic Affairs, advising and admissions. Cost of the workshop is $30 per participant; lunch will be provided.

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