Write your own PARCC-like tests! Dr. Dea's Grade 7 Common Core/PARCC Performance Task Template is current with PARCC’s 2015-2016 Performance-based assessment design for that grade. The interactive template leads the user through a design process to develop PARCC-like performance tasks that can be used for pencil & paper assessments or for small group discussion.
The downloaded document contains three separate templates, one for each of PARCC's three tested areas: literary analysis, research simulation, and narrative. In each template, the user is prompted to choose from a list of PARCC's task topics. Once the user selects the task topic, the template automatically populates cells with corresponding standards. Beneath each standard is additional interactive space prompting the user to write text-based questions (prose constructed-response questions as well as selected response) related to each of the standards.
Once the template is complete, the user can copy and paste the resulting questions onto a Word document or even upload to a Google form to create an customized online assessment.
By planning multi-day lessons or units around the performance tasks, teachers ensure the teaching and learning of all Common Core ELA/Literacy standards while simultaneously preparing students for upcoming assessments. Most importantly, the templates can be used to frame pre and post assessments that measure growth in relation to specific performance tasks as well as to organize group discussion.