"All Arkansas students deserve an education that prepares them for college and careers. Access to a college and career ready education shouldn't be determined by a student's ZIP code. That's where Common Core comes in."
— Arkansas Education Commissioner
Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell
The Arkansas Department of Education will present Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Assessment #1. This assessment will focus on assessment literacy. Suggestions will be provided for designing an assessment plan focused on the CCSS for Math and ELA. Participants may submit questions for the afternoon Q and A.
Date: January 31, 2012
Target Audience: District CTE Testing Coordinator, CTE Co-op Coordinators, CTE Administrators and Teachers
The Arkansas Department of Career Education, in conjunction with PCG Education, will present training on the new CTE Assessment System.This session will focus on the skills necessary to successfully assess students online and retrieve student, teacher, school, and district performance data.
Brenda Beard, PCG Education IT Specialist, and Lesia Edwards, ACE Assessment and Curriculum Program Advisor, will introduce and provide training on the new CTE assessment system being launched this year.
Date: November 13, 2012 - 1:00-4:00
Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Building Administrators, Instructional Facilitators and Classroom Teachers
The Arkansas Department of Education is hosting a six-hour institute to help teachers and curriculum directors understand and use the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy (Grades 3-11) and the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics (Grades 3-11). The documents were developed by PARCC to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and to inform the development of item specification and blueprints for the PARCC assessments. As such, the PARCC Model Content Frameworks serve as useful tools for classroom teachers and curriculum developers by providing insight into key areas of focus of the CCSS and PARCC assessments as well as the instructional shifts needed for successful implementation in the classroom.
Date: February 15, 2013
Dr. Megan Witonski and Melody Morgan from the Arkansas Department of Education give guidance on the Next Generation Assessments.
This presentation was filmed November 25 at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative in Pine Bluff.
The Arkansas Department of Education hosted a Regional Workshop for the PARCC Field Test which was recorded on December 4, 2013. This training was provided to give guidance to school districts as they prepare for the Spring 2014 administration of the field test. The training was developed for district test and technology coordinators.
Date: December 4, 2013
Jennifer Brown from the Arkansas Department of Education – Special Education Unit presents the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual, 2nd edition. This presentation provides guidance on the availability of features for the PARCC field test in Spring 2014. This presentation was recorded on December 22, 2013 during a live webinar presentation.
The Arkansas Department of Education Office of Student Assessment presented an overview of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) pilot for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This training was provided to give an overview of the changes in alternate assessments in Arkansas, and to provide guidance to school districts as they prepare for the Spring 2014 administration of the pilot test. The presentation also provides links to resources for curriculum and instruction.
This webinar training presented by the Arkansas Department of Education, Department of Information Systems, and the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) LAN provides information on generating the necessary student level COGNOS reports on the randomly selected classrooms that will be participating in the PARCC Field Test this spring. The training included an example student data file generated from COGNOS based upon the Pearson file layout, and a demonstration of how to save and upload one or more student data user files. This presentation was recorded on January 10, 2014, during a live webinar training.
Presenter: Suzanne Knowles, Student Assessment Specialist
The PARCC assessment was developed using Universal Design principles. This LIVE presentation will give a high-level overview of Universal Design and how it informs the PARCC assessment. PARCC has released sample interactive items and student tutorials. The primary purpose of sharing samples of PARCC items is to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests.