The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), announced a change in the design of its test. Among the changes, the test will be 90 minutes shorter and will feature only one testing window of 30 days, rather than the current two testing windows of 20 days each.
According to a report from Education Week, the updated PARCC will, “also reduce the number of sessions that students must sit for, but it would lengthen them a little as well. Currently, students take the PARCC test in eight or nine “units,” or sessions, depending on grade level, and those sessions vary from 60 to 90 minutes each. Next year, students will take six or seven units, depending on grade level, and sit for sessions ranging from 75 to 110 minutes each.”
An additional change to the test involves when it will be administered, the test will be given later in the school year, when 75% of instructional time has been completed.
Lori Michalic, an English teacher at Tallmadge High School in Ohio – and that state’s 2015 teacher of the year – told Education Week that she welcomed the change in PARCC’s design. “It will be incredible if we can shorten the amount of testing time and not lose that instructional time.”