EOY PARCC Math trial
- Author: RCN, Teacher
- State: MA
- Test: PARCC - pilot
- Date: June 3 at 7:19 pm ET
Gave the EOY PARCC assessment today. COULD NOT BELIEVE the number of errors in the testing manual and the poor grammatical structure of both the administration manual AND the test (I administered it to students with read-to accommodations.
EVERY TEACHER who administered the pilot in my school found the same things:
1.) The administration manual was incredibly confusing and unclear.
2.) The directions were written poorly (in some cases words were left out of sentences and made no sense)
3.) The directions and the books (our students took the paper and pencil tests) did not match. In particular, the directions regarding the use of calculators were different in three different places. In the front it was stated that 24 questions of the first session were non-calculator items (no indication of which 24-the first? the last?), and four questions were calculator questions. Then later the directions just stated to give out calculators when students got to that part (again- where was that?), then finally, embedded within directions of what to do while students took the test it gave direction that stated that in the student test booklet the questions that were non-calculator questions would have a blank banner going down the edge of the page….the problem? ALL THE PAGES IN SESSION ONE HAD THAT BANNER!! (despite clearly stating in a chart that 24 questions were non-calculator and 4 WERE calculator questions.
4. One direction asked students to turn to directions in session 2 for session 1 (even though the same directions were at the beginning of session 1).
5. Against ALL mathematical teaching that I know of, students had to enter fractional solutions as an improper fraction rather than as a mixed number, and yet when students answered multiple choice questions, the answers were presented in mixed number format….HELLO? parallel construction?
6. The wording of the questions was intentionally confusing and of poor sentence structure.
7. Many questions required students to find the answer in more than one way-you had to choose more than one answer. This doesn’t show that students understand the concept! Especially when the wording of the question makes it so that it is difficult to tell exactly what the question is asking.