Selected students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be part of a pilot program to administer the new PARCC state assessments this spring.
The PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, assessments are part of the implementation of the new Common Core Standards, which go into effect in the District in the 2014-15 school year.
"I think it will be good practice for us," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. "It give us some idea of the preparations needed when the test is actually administered."
The field test of the assessments will be administered to select classes of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in English or math, depending on the class and school, between April 1 and May 23. The students can take as many as two exams: a performance-based assessment, which measures what the student has learned after 75 percent of instructional time is completed, and the End-of-Year Assessment, which is administered after 90 percent of instructional time is completed.
The English/language arts assessments will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text, while the math exam will focus on applying skills, concepts, and understanding multistep programs that require abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools.
The testing in each course will take place in either two or three sessions, each of which lasts one to two hours. The testing environment will be similar to that of the current Prairie State Achievement Exam, or PSAE, which will be administered with the ACT this year on April 23 and 24.