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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is a newer electronic assessment provided to students in several states. PARCC replaced the ISAT in the 2014-15 school year and assesses students on their academic strengths related to college and career readiness.
PARCC results are expected to provide teachers, parents and students with a clearer, more detailed picture of students’ strengths and areas that need improvement. Educators and parents will be able to tailor their attention to a student’s individual needs.

For more information about PARCC, visit www.parcconline.org.

District 58 PARCC information meeting for parents
Published: March 1, 2016
District 58 recently held two PARCC informational meetings for parents. The meetings reviewed the 2015 PARCC assessment results and reviewed updates and changes to the 2016 PARCC administration.

ISBE publishes District 58 PARCC assessment results

Published: Dec. 14, 2015

Dear Parents,

Last spring, students in grades 3-8 took the PARCC assessment for the first time. This test replaced the ISAT assessment. The Illinois State Board of Education published the 2014-15 PARCC assessment results for District 58 on Friday, Dec. 11.

State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith encourages parents not to over-interpret these first-time test results. PARCC’s scoring system is completely different from the ISAT assessment. This new scoring system has higher standards and a new baseline on which the District’s scores will be measured against in the future.

District 58 will not use PARCC assessment scores to identify or place children in any instructional program or service. Since the PARCC is a new scoring system in its first year, sufficient data regarding the results and the skills/aptitudes they represent are not yet available to make well-informed academic decisions with these results.

As we have done in the past with ISAT results, District 58 plans to send individual score reports home to families with report cards, MAP scores and other assessment results at the conclusion of the quarter.

District 58 English-Language Arts:

Performance Level

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Level 1

11%

6%

5%

7%

10%

16%

Level 2

16%

17%

15%

17%

13%

18%

Level 3

20%

32%

32%

32%

25%

26%

Level 4

49%

40%

45%

40%

40%

35%

Level 5

4%

5%

3%

4%

12%

5%

Performance Level 1: Did Not Meet Expectations; 2: Partially Met Expectations; 3: Approaching Expectations; 4: Met Expectations; 5: Exceeded Expectations

District 58 Mathematics:

Performance Level

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Level 1

7%

11%

12%

5%

5%

12%

Level 2

16%

27%

28%

20%

20%

22%

Level 3

28%

33%

32%

34%

31%

26%

Level 4

42%

27%

27%

37%

39%

35%

Level 5

8%

3%

2%

3%

6%

5%

Performance Level 1: Did Not Meet Expectations; 2: Partially Met Expectations; 3: Approaching Expectations; 4: Met Expectations; 5: Exceeded Expectations

District 58 will host a series of PARCC Parent Information Nights in January and February to answer additional questions regarding PARCC results and 2016 PARCC assessment administration.

For more information about the PARCC assessment, please visit http://www.isbe.net/parcc-place/ or www.dg58.org/parcc.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kari Cremascoli

Superintendent of Schools

Additional information regarding the PARCC and District 58:
Updated Dec. 14, 2015

  • PARCC’s scoring system is completely different from the ISAT assessment. This new scoring system has higher standards and a new baseline on which the District’s scores will be measured against in the future. In addition, only limited information is available from PARCC and ISBE regarding the various categories of proficiency and cut scores.  More will be known as additional information becomes available from the PARCC Consortium and the ISBE and as the first-time assessment results are analyzed.

  • Individual students will receive PARCC scores for Mathematics and English-Language Arts. Scores signify a student’s readiness for college and careers, per the below scale:

    • Score of 5: Exceeded expectations

    • Score of 4: Met expectations

    • Score of 3: Approaching expectations

    • Score of 2: Partially met expectations

    • Score of 1: Did not meet expectations

  • Illinois considers scores of 4 and 5 sufficient for college/career readiness. Some other states that administer the PARCC consider scores of 3, 4 and 5 as sufficient.  District 58 looks forward to examining the differences among these proficiency scores and the skills and aptitudes reflected within each category.

  • Statewide, 33 percent of Illinois students met or exceeded PARCC assessment standards. In reviewing the preliminary results, District 58 performed above state average, with 47 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in English-Language Arts and 38 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in Mathematics.

  • As we have done in the past with ISAT results, District 58 plans to send individual score reports home to families with report cards, MAP scores and other assessment results at the conclusion of the quarter.

  • As there are some score differences among our District 58 schools, we would like to remind you that District 58 serves a diverse student population with a range of academic levels and needs. District 58 strives to differentiate instruction to meet student learning goals and to ensure growth across all content areas and in relation to the rigorous expectations of college and career readiness.  As State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith emphasized when the statewide results were released, this is a completely different type of assessment than we have ever had and these results simply offer a baseline.  We are proud of the work each of our teachers and schools do to ensure that all students are learning.

Older news: 
ISBE releases 2015 Report Cards Oct. 30, 2015
An initial version of the 2015 Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Report Cards has been released and is now available for viewing at www.illinoisreportcard.com.  This first release of Report Cards offers school and district data regarding student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information, Illinois 5Essentials Survey information, graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment and freshmen on track. According to the ISBE, the Report Card showcases new metrics and features to show a more complete picture of school climate and students’ progress toward college and career readiness. More information about these enhancements is available on ISBE’s Hot Topics webpage.

The ISBE has not included data involving student academic growth and achievement for 2015 in this release of Report Cards. This data will be based on student-, school-, and district-level PARCC test results, which the ISBE expects to receive later this year. Once the PARCC results are available, the ISBE has indicated they will update the Report Card with district- and school-level scores.

PARCC update from State Superintendent Tony Smith – Oct. 26, 2015
State Superintendent Tony Smith shared that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will post the 2015 Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com on Friday, Oct. 30. PARCC results, student academic growth and student achievement will not be included in this initial report card. Once the PARCC results are ready, ISBE will provide an updated report card for each District.
Friday’s report card will include the following: student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information and Illinois 5Essentials Survey information. The report card will showcase new metrics and features to show a more complete picture of school climate.
PARCC information – updated summer 2015:
View District 58’s Feb. 18 PARCC presentations:
District 58 hosted two parent information nights on PARCC on Feb. 18, 2015. The meetings explained how the District plans to roll out the exam and gave parents the opportunity to try out some PARCC components using the computerized testing platform. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Matt Rich presented the District’s testing protocol. Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Jessica Stewart hosted a special breakout session regarding specialized accommodations for students with 504s or IEPs.
View additional PARCC information:
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