To: Smoky Hill Parent(s):
This year the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will take place on March 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th for the performance based assessment (PBA). The end of year (EOY) assessment will occur on April 29th - May 1st. The primary purpose of PARCC is to provide high quality assessments of students' progression toward postsecondary readiness and success. Additionally, PARCC results influence decisions related to curriculum and instruction. With this in mind, we ask that you encourage your child to put forth his/her best effort on PARCC, so that results accurately reflect your student's growth over the past year. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions related to PARCC.
How will my student be notified where to report on testing days?
Information concerning testing room assignments will be provided to your student during their math class the week of March 2nd. We work diligently to place students with one of their current teachers in order to provide a familiar and optimal testing environment.
What will my student need for testing?
We will provide pencils, scratch paper and headphones for each student during the testing sessions. Course-appropriate calculators will be available through the TestNav computer platform. During portions of the test, students may choose to use handheld calculators that are provided by the student. Students may use only graphing calculators with functionalities consistent with TI-84 or similar models. Smoky Hill recommends that students use the calculator provided through TestNav. Students who choose to use a handheld calculator will be required to clear the calculator memory before and after the test. Smoky Hill will not be providing handheld calculators for students.
Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks: A snack and water will be provided between testing sessions each day. No food or drink is allowed in the testing rooms. The cafeteria will serve breakfast from 6:40-7:05 a.m. daily. Lunch will not be served.
Can my student bring electronic devices into the testing room?
No. Please remind your student that they may not bring cell phones, iPods, MP3 players or any electronic devices into the testing rooms. It would be best if they left all electronic items at home or in their lockers during testing. Students may bring their own headphones to use during the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of PARCC.
What if my student is absent on a testing day?
All students are urged to take their test during the regular scheduled times. We are required to schedule make-up tests for any students who have missed all or part of the tests. Make-up sessions will be held during the regular school day and will require students to miss classes starting March 11th.
Are all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students tested on PARCC?
Yes. Colorado state law requires that all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students take PARCC. PARCC results for all students are included in the public accountability report for Smoky Hill High School. Most students participate in the regular assessment. Some students receive accommodations for PARCC equivalent to those they receive in daily instruction. 9th and 10th graders will take the ELA and Math sections of PARCC. All 11th graders will take the ELA portion of PARCC and may take the math session depending on their current math class. 12th graders currently enrolled in Algebra II will take the math portion of PARCC during a math class between the dates of March 11th-27th.
What happens to my student's individual results?
PARCC results will be included in your student's permanent file. PARCC data is also included in a body of evidence to determine appropriate course level placement for individual students. In total, 640 colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. These colleges and universities have agreed to use these tests as college placement tools.
Is transportation provided for my student?
Yes. Buses will pick up students at the regular location in the morning.
Smoky Hill wishes to thank our PTCO for their efforts to promote the importance of PARCC. The name of each student who demonstrates a diligent effort during PARCC and completes the PARCC test successfully will have their name placed in a drawing for: SHHS spirit wear, candy or school supplies. We appreciate the efforts of PTCO to support our students at Smoky Hill!
If you have any additional questions about PARCC please contact Sarah Watts (PARCC School Assessment Coordinator) at 720-886-5448.
Smoky Hill High School Principal