CCSS-Aligned Field Tests Start Soon

From January 2014, Issue 60 of “Imagineering Our Future:”

CCSS-Aligned Field Tests Begin in Spring 2014:  Will Your Child Have Access to Accommodations?

Beginning in March 2014, over one million students nationwide will participate in field tests aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will validate test questions and computer-based delivery platforms with students ranging from grades three through twelve when schools administer its Performance-Based Assessment and End-of-Year Assessment.

The NFB is currently investigating the accessibility features available for the impending PARCC field tests, including the availability of Braille and screen access software.  Your feedback on this matter is critical.  School districts were notified in the fall of 2013 whether or not they would be included in the testing.  If your child is scheduled to participate in either the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment or End-of-Year Assessment, NFB needs to hear from you.

Please call Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at 410-659-9314 , extension 2440, if your child will participate in the testing. If you are unsure whether or not your child will be involved, ask your school’s principal. If your child will not be included in the testing because his or her accommodations will not be available, please call Valerie Yingling.

PARCC field tests may be conducted in the following states and district:  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

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