Friday, November 20, 2015

2015 PARCC Assessment: Reflecting on the Work Ahead

"I am at once really excited about the performance of our scholars and, at the same time, as urgent as ever to do more to prepare every one for success. Overall, the scores in Rhode Island are sadly what we thought they'd be. Hopefully, it's a wake-up call for all of us. We can either continue a mindset that this isn't a good test or the scores don't matter or we can say, 'Let's do everything we can to help every one of our kids meet their fullest potential.'" - Jeremy Chiappetta, Executive Director      

       Earlier this week the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released the results for the first ever PARCC assessment. BVP Scholars in grades 3-9, just like other public school students across the state, took both the math and ELA (English Language Arts) assessments last spring. We are eager to report BVP has several wins within this year's data, including exceeding the state average in almost every grade level in both math and ELA with a population that is more than sixty percent low-income and about sixty percent students of color.

       We know that tests such as PARCC align strongly with college and career success, and it is our commitment that we will prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond. We also know our scholars are much more than a test score. Our scholars are artists, athletes, and musicians (just to name a few), yet it is our responsibility to teach our young people how to read, write, calculate, and think.

       As we begin to examine even more closely our own practices, we will continue to shine a light on what is working and make the necessary decisions to improve upon the pieces that need to change. We are excited to use this data to drive improvement in order to fulfill our mission to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond. To accomplish this, we prioritize fully communicating scholar progress and action plans with families. We understand that in order to achieve our goals, we must work together in the best interest of every scholar. 

     For more information, families can join us for one of the following important information sessions where they will be provided with their scholar's PARCC results.
  • Monday, November 30, 6:30 pm: PARCC Overview and Special Scholar Recognition at the BVP Board Meeting, Elementary School 2 (52 Broad Street, Cumberland), open to the public.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 4:30-6:00 pm: BVP High School families: Come and see your scholar's progress using the Personalized Learning Platform (PLP). While there, receive your scholar's individual scores in advance of when they will otherwise go home.
  • Monday, December 7, 7 pm: BVP Middle School (ALL 4th-8th grade families welcome).
  • Saturday, December 12, 12pm: Elementary School 1 (ALL 4th-8th grade families welcome).
For families unable to join us for these sessions, individual PARCC results will be sent home in backpacks on Friday, December 14.

For the full Providence Journal article that Jeremy Chiappetta was quoted in click here.
For the full report from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), click here.

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