Digital Learning Day, Everyday

Whiteriver Unified School District is taking a unique approach to preparing students for the PARCC assessment.  To give purpose and direction to the introduction of mobile technology, STEM units and Project-Based Learning are now driving training and instruction so that students are PARCC ready.  Students will engage with the technology every day in their STEM units.

The activities selected in the STEM units have been created to replicate the released sample PARCC questions.  The sample questions have been released so that teachers and curriculum developers and curriculum mappers will look at them.  They are to help guide a teacher in how to shift their verbiage, writing prompts, or classroom assessments.  They are not meant to be hidden; a surprise.  So, let’s explore some of them together.

“To get a true understanding of the range of rigor, item types and functionalities, users should try test items in more than just one grade, as each grade level does not have all item types. “

First, go to .  Click the For Educators tab at the top.

You will see helpful links on the left side, like Model Content Frameworks.  We’ll discuss that on another blog post.  For now, look at New! Try out sample test questions:

Click on Try the Sample Test Items

Click the Sample Items Tab

Select your grade level on the left As you work your way through the test, list some of the testing vocabulary that you see.  For instance, the phrases “best supports that answer” and “the best evidence to Part A” come up frequently.  As a teacher or parent, you can begin to use that verbiage in your everyday interactions with the students.  In the writing portions, the phrase “cite your source” comes up often.  You can adopt that phrase as your own, by saying it (or writing it) for journal entries and formal writing prompts.  February 5th is Digital Learning Day.  Hopefully, our students experience digital learning everyday.  Afterall, digital testing requires digital learning.


Posted on February 4, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Many of these PARCC specific tools students will be able to use to complete the assessments are new. It is important for teachers to learn these tools to help students master their use as well.

  1. Pingback: PARCC Sample Test Answers and Rationale | Tech Ready Team

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