Last week the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) made an announcement regarding the steps they will be taking as they make a decision regarding MCAS vs. PARCC. As I know this is an issue that it is important to many of you, I wanted to pass along that information to you all.
As you may know, students in the Quabbin Regional School District have not taken the PARCC assessment as we have opted to continue with MCAS in the past when given that choice by the DESE. We will have to wait and see what the DESE decision is on November 17th regarding our assessment plan for the future. The statement at the end of this post comes from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and gives further information.
Currently, at Ruggles Lane we are working hard to prepare our students to be passionate, lifelong learners who are inquisitive and excited to learn. We are currently using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks that contain standards in each subject. At the core of our instructional program is the concept of differentiated instruction which individualizes our instruction to meet the needs of each learner. We also work to provide intervention and extension opportunities for all children to further meet their needs. If you are interested in learning more about our literacy instruction specifically, I encourage you to come to our Parent Information Night next week!
Regardless of the assessment the state has us use, or the standards we use to teach, our goal will always be to serve your children and to provide a Respectful community, a Learning community and a Safe community in which each child is able to grow and learn in a nurturing environment.
Should you have any questions about this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to give me a call, send me an email or stop by!
The below statement comes from the DESE:
“The Department expects that on Tuesday, Commissioner Chester will announce his recommendation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about what form statewide assessments should take in the future. District leaders will receive a copy of the recommendation in an On the Desktop message.
Also early next week, ESE will release school and district PARCC scores to the public. Districts already have access to their own results, and ESE will send an On the Desktop message to superintendents with the information that the press will receive.
On November 16, the Board will hold its sixth and final public comment session on PARCC at 4 p.m. at Malden High School, 77 Salem St., Malden.
On November 17, the Board will vote on the commissioner’s recommendation. That meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be at ESE’s offices at 75 Pleasant St., Malden. At 3 p.m. November 17, the commissioner will have a conference call with superintendents to discuss the Board’s decision. Closer to that date, ESE will send out directions for registering to the call.”