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2016 PARCC Scores sent home with 4th and 5th Grade Students


October 2016

Dear D300 Parents and Guardians,

This past spring, Illinois students for the second year participated in the new state assessment called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), covering English language arts, math, and writing.

The PARCC assessment signaled a change in how student performance is reported. The score reports indicate how each child performed on each portion of the test. It also reveals their overall score, which will fall within one of five performance levels. Students whose scores fall within levels 1 or 2 require greater supports to understand content. Students receiving a 3 are approaching expectations, but may need additional assistance mastering content. Those who receive a 4 or 5 have shown a thorough understanding of grade-level content and are meeting or exceeding grade level expectations. The report also allows you to compare how your child performed in comparison to others in his/her school, our district, and the state.

The 2015 PARCC scores provided a new baseline for a more rigorous assessment to measure student progress moving forward. For elementary and middle schools, the 2016 results begin a way to historically track student performance. The state of Illinois recently made the decision to eliminate the PARCC assessment at the high school level after two years of administration, and instead have the SAT fulfill state testing requirements starting this school year.
We will review student, school, and district level PARCC data alongside several other assessment measures, some of which include i-Ready reading and math diagnostic results and common district assessments. District 300 has a balanced assessment system with the belief that no one data point tells the whole story for a child or school.

I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your child’s academic progress.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s academic growth and success.

Fred Heid

Phone: 847-532-6900
Lake in the hills elementary
519 Willow Street
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
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