High Stakes Testing

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Understanding the PARCC Assessments

Howard County Public School System students in grades 3-8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. At the high school level, students will take PARCC assessments in Algebra I, Algebra II, English 10 and English 11.


Guidance for IEP Teams on Participation Decisions for Maryland Alternate Assessments

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
January 2016

Maryland Guidance for Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams on Participation Decisions for the Alternate Assessments is intended to help guide IEP teams as they determine whether the Maryland Alternate Assessments, assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards, are the appropriate assessments for individual students.


Finding the ‘Win-Win’ in Assessing Young Children

Assessment is a process of gathering information about what a child can and cannot yet do to inform instructional decisions. When assessing young children, the most accurate results are obtained when information is gathered by familiar people, in familiar settings, using familiar objects, while engaged in familiar activities.

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PARCC Practice Tests

Find out how PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is different from other standardized tests. Online practice tests help students and parents to familiarize themselves with the format and kinds of items on the tests.


Watch PARCC Q&As with HCPSS

The Howard County Public School System introduced a new online question-and-answer series, HCPSS Connect. Following the successful HCPSS Connect question and answer on the superintendent’s proposed operating budget, HCPSS ran two online Q&A sessions on PARCC,

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PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations

Presented by the HCPSS Dept. of Special Education and Student Services and MSDE Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Dec. 8, 2014

The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments are coming.

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PARCC Assessments and Students with Disabilities

Karla Marty and Cecilia Roe, both from the Maryland State Department of Education, discuss the new PARCC Assessments going into effect this school year


PARCC and MSA: What Parents Need to Know about Testing in Maryland

In the 2013-2014 school year, Maryland adopted the Common Core State Standards, designed to provide students with knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. Next year, Maryland will implement new statewide tests, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments

Testing Accommodations

Overview of High Stakes Testing

With ever-increasing pressure on school systems to improve educational results, high stakes testing is a particularly important and controversial issue. In many school districts and states, mandated tests measure student performance and hold individual schools accountable for that performance.

OAR Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Assessment

A Parent’s Guide to Assessment

The formal assessment process can be daunting for parents of children with autism. By using highly technical language and focusing on “deficit performance,” assessments can often overwhelm and dishearten parents. In addition, outcomes are rarely explained in terms that parents can use to set goals for their children. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Parent’s Guide to Assessment serves to provide the tools to better understand the assessment process and, subsequently, utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for your child.