PARCC Assessment Summit for Higher Education
September 13, 2013 – Marriott Hotel, Normal, IL
To prepare higher education for the onset of new standards and associated assessments in Illinois K-12 schools, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be hosting a conference on September 13, 2013, titled PARCC 101 in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois.
Beginning in 2014, Illinois students in grades 3-11 will be assessed using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. These new assessments are being designed to align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English Language Arts. The grade 11 PARCC assessments will result in a college readiness determination. Because of the alignment with the Common Core State Standards, students who are assessed as being college-ready will be prepared to succeed in your credit-bearing general education math and English courses and should not need remedial course work.
Implementation of CCSS and PARCC creates a clear need for collaboration between K-12 and postsecondary education. With PARCC 101, we will bring together experts from other states and PARCC with key administrators from Illinois institutions of higher education to begin coordination work. We ask that your institution send your chief academic officer and your vice president for student services, key decision- and policy-makers who will be a vital part of postsecondary education preparing for PARCC.
PARCC 101 goals include raising awareness and understanding of PARCC, developing campus PARCC teams headed by high-level administrators, and addressing critical immediate questions such as.
- What is the PARCC plan to accurately measure college readiness?
- How do institutions with diverse missions optimize the use of students’ PARCC results?
- How, using PARCC as a new opportunity, can institutions of higher education better partner with high schools?