The Bayfield School District is committed to working with the results of the spring 2015 PARCC test results that will be released this week. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics are the state’s assessments in these areas under the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), the state’s current assessment system. The spring test was new in both format and delivery method; they were the first computer-based state assessments. Nonetheless, Bayfield School District is dedicated to using state assessment data to improve instructional quality and academic success.
First, Bayfield uses state test data to review how well curricular materials and instructional planning are covering the Colorado Academic Standards. Teachers want to know if their classes are covering all of the important topics required for students to be prepared for the next grade level and their college and career readiness. The staff will celebrate data that confirms strong coverage of required content, and revise and improve necessary content items.
Second, the district wants to ensure that coursework is challenging students to the appropriate depth of understanding and analysis required to be successful in today’s evolving world. The PARCC tests represent a shift in rigor with respect to the types of tasks and the depth of analysis required of students. Bayfield will use state test results to critically examine our effectiveness in these areas, and take appropriate actions to ensure that every student is challenged to meet 21st Century needs in a global economy.
Please join Bayfield School District teachers and staff in learning how to read and interpret student results from the spring 2015 PARCC assessments. District schools will provide opportunities in January and February for parents to explore and understand their child’s PARCC results. Staff will also further explain and answer questions on how this data informs current practice and helps guide Bayfield towards high achievement.
Frequently Asked Questions about PARCC
In an effort to answer potential questions related to PARCC results, we are attaching a FAQ sheet in response to our district results. We are having multiple discussions around PARCC results and will continue to have conversations with all stakeholders. Please be watching for January parent nights that will give us an opportunity to provide tools in understanding your child's PARCC reports.
- Is the PARCC test valid?
The validity of the PARCC assessment and its contents are examined and adopted at the state level. The PARCC assessment is part of the CMAS umbrella that is required by Colorado Legislative Action.
What input do you gather when discussing data?
- Did the Opt-out issue influence your results?
Students who opted out of the assessment were not included in the percentages. Districts statewide faced similar challenges when administering the PARCC tests.
- Did the change in the assessment format influence results?
2014-2015 was the first year that the statewide assessment was administered utilizing computer technology.Teachers are currently discussing the effects that this change may have had and what adjustments they would recommend in future test administrations.
- What is the district doing with the results?
We will analyze curricula, instructional strategies, and assessment tools. As with all data, we analyze and make adjustments to ensure that results reflect the best instructional practices in all classrooms.
- What other data does Bayfield use to make decisions?
Bayfield School District uses formative assessment data in the classroom to gauge progress in instructional units. Interim data from Dibels, STAR, and the elementary writing assessment are used to measure progress toward the standards and expectations of core classes. Bayfield also uses summative assessments, specifically the ACT test and other CMAS assessments, to gauge post-secondary readiness.
As a district, it has always been our intent to connect and work with our stakeholders in making the best decision for students. Our stakeholders include students, teachers, parents, and community members. One of the best opportunities to give input is during school accountability meetings.