November 17, 2015
During the 2014-2015 school year, the PARCC assessment was administered to students in all public schools in Rhode Island. Today the results of that testing have been made public by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Commissioner Wagner has issued a statement about the results noting some factors playing a role in the results, as well as the state’s plan for moving forward. Essentially, districts statewide are in the process of moving towards and re-aligning their curricula to the Common Core Standards (CCSS). These standards are challenging and raise the bar for which our students must prove achievement. We anticipated the first administration of the PARCC assessment to be challenging and results most likely would not be truly representative of our students’ abilities. No different than the process we went through several years ago with the implementation of the NECAP assessment, it will take some time to see the results of the work we have been doing to implement the CCSS. Our district has supported the implementation of the CCSS in many ways including lab classrooms, curriculum alignment, and units of study development.
The Rhode Island Department of Education has asked our support in staying the course of the state’s recently approved Five Year Strategic Plan to improve education in Rhode Island. Included in the strategic plan is a balanced and useful assessment system of which PARCC is a part. As a district, we will continue our efforts towards providing professional development for our teachers and the continued realignment of our curricula to the CCSS. For more information on transition to the CCSS and PARCC, visit the RIDE website for detailed information.
On behalf of the West Warwick Public Schools, I assure you of our commitment to the best possible educational experience for your child. We have in the past and will continue in the future to work in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education and parents on all initiatives including the PARCC assessment.
Karen A. Tarasevich, M.Ed
Superintendent of Schools