Press Release Jan. 1 2016
In the spring of 2015, EBRPSS students participated in a new state test in English language arts and math known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC test. This test measured the rigorous expectations that Louisiana has established for what students should learn and be able to do in order to be successful in the next grade level and in college and the workplace. The new test replaced traditional multiple-choice statewide tests with questions that required students to explain their reasoning.
This year’s scores may be lower than in previous years because of changes in test composition. The new tests measured more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving. A low score does not mean students did not improve or learned less. It simply means that the expectations have been raised for all students. These increased expectations are consistent with those that have been established for students in the same grade level in other states, including some of our nation’s top performing states. The results, therefore, now provide more meaningful information about how Louisiana students are learning as compared with their peers nationally.
Student score reports are designed more detailed information this year. Each subject is broken down into subcategories of skills and content to identify where a student is doing well and where he or she needs some additional help. Parents are encouraged to talk to your child’s teacher for additional information on how your child is performing in class as well as to discuss how he or she can be further supported in school.
You can access the online Parent Guide to PARCC Student Results for more information on how to read and interpret the reports on the Louisiana Department of Education website
You can also access additional resources regarding state testing results from the Louisiana Department of Education website: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/family-support-toolbox.
If you have any further questions about your child’s results, please contact us your child’s school.Back to News
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