Taking the PARCC test? Read this!

I'm just popping in tonight to share this blog post over at Colorin Colorado, which is a great resource for ELL teachers. It is an analysis of an ELA Assessment task- even if you don't teach ESL, take a look at it so you know what to expect for your ELA classes.  I've been wondering how Common Core, PARCC, and ELL are all going to fit together, and this post gives me a much better idea of what I need to do to get my students anywhere near the ready mark!

Some schools in New Jersey are quite far behind in adopting the Common Core State Standards, our school being one of them. Lucky for us, the DOE in NJ has attempted to help us through the process by providing a model curriculum that is aligned to the CCSS- we're using the one scaffolded for ELL's.  This past year, I wrote our CCSS/WIDA map with my teaching partner, but it seems like we have a lot of work ahead of us!

Here are some tips I thought might help us all:

What did you think of the post? How are you going to get ready for PARCC?


  1. That is a really great infographic. Very helpful. With PARCC on the horizon, I plan on focusing on using evidence from the text, especially combining multiple sources, and integrating technology throughout everything! (and text complexity!)Oh, and about a dozen other things!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. Great tips! Not only for ELL, but for all students in a lot of cases. Thank you for sharing them!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Thanks for the helpful hints girly. Being from NJ myself I hope we pick up the Common Core Standards soon! =)

    Just Wild About Teaching


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