Going to make a quick post, which I will update later. I just received an email giving notice that the Illinois State Board of Education will be holding a public hearing via video conference tomorrow to gather feedback and talk about PARCC. Aside from being very last minute, the only two locations are at the Springfield office and the Chicago office. Here is all I know at the moment:
In other news, the State Assessment Review Committee (SARC) is holding a “PARCC listening tour” to gather input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the second administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, which concluded in June.
There are several ways for you to provide feedback, including an online survey and a PARCC public hearing to be held via video conference in Chicago and Springfield on July 7. More details are available in the newsletter below.
I encourage you and members of your school communities to take the time to share your candid thoughts about the successful aspects of the test and what could use improvement. This feedback will be included in SARC’s final report and will also help guide our efforts to make the PARCC assessment as useful and beneficial for educators and students as possible.
Members of the public can share their input in three ways:
1. A “focus group”- style conversation with one or two members of the SARC committee;
2. A survey via the following links:
o Teacher survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJYKK7K
o Student survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/B5LHMMR
o Parent survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2GYWVX
o Parent survey (Spanish): www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8FRW5X
3. A SARC public hearing will be held via video-conference in Chicago and Springfield from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 7.
o The Chicago location is the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) video conference room on the 14th floor at 100 W. Randolph St. The Springfield location is the ISBE video conference room on the third floor at 100 N. First St.
All feedback will be included in SARC’s final report.
I may be going to the Springfield office tomorrow – if you would like me to forward any concerns/feedback, feel free to drop an email or a comment below.
The number is directly below. Participants will be in listen only mode until the public comment period begins at which time an operator will provide instructions to participants. This will allow us to make certain that we don’t miss anyone that is intending to speak, and that we don’t have background noise that may disrupt the ability to hear.
- Callers need to state that they are with the State Assessment Review Committee call.
Dial In Number (Participants – Muted): 1-800-230-1092
Agenda is posted
- Approval of prior minutes
- Overview of 2016 PARCC administration
- Review of survey responses
- Review of focus group conversations
- Strategy for future engagement
- Review of 2016 PARCC administration report plan and timeline
- Public comment