PARCC has led the movement towards creating Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. PARCC is the next generation of standardized testing.
The PARCC Assessment: How It Works
The Architecture behind the AdvancementsLike similar assessments built for the National Center and State Collaborative and the Illinois State Board of Education, the PARCC assessment platform rises from the robust foundation offered by Drupal CMS, TAO, and a scalable Amazon Web Services infrastructure – all brought together by the Breakthrough Technologies custom software Agile development process. The open-source platform created for PARCC was first proven to support English Language Arts (ELA), Reading, and Math, and since its inception, the same tools have been used to create an NGSS-aligned science assessment as well. Drupal, TAO, and AWS mesh seamlessly to create a secure, stable, and successful experience for schools.
“Most states voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in 2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them since then in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning.” – PARCC
Breakthrough Technologies also went above and beyond platform development when it qualified and managed a stable of highly qualified sub-vendors for call center support, training, hosting, disaster recovery, and content services, who published 439 test forms. The platform was also multi-tenant, allowing the Illinois State Board of Education to deliver three grades of summative science assessment as well. During the contract period, nearly half-a-million students were rostered and tests delivered on the assessment platform.
“Many of the old state tests measured only lower-level skills. The new assessments serve as an 'educational GPS system,' measure students' current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career.” – PARCC