Magazine article Techniques

An Educator's Perspective: The Road to the PARCC

Magazine article Techniques

An Educator's Perspective: The Road to the PARCC

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Since arriving at North Shore Technical High School in 2010, I've been very fortunate to work with my superintendent, assistant superintendent and vocational director to re-examine "the way we do things" relative to student achievement. This focus has led us to develop new models of innovative instruction, wherein we ask students essentially to do more rigorous work in anticipation of the very skills that will be required of them in the 21st-century workplace.

Since Massachusetts adopted the CCSS, we shifted our focus to what we needed to do to better prepare the students for life beyond vocational high school. We decided that while testing is important, it is equally important to prepare students who can successfully assimilate into the workforce or college and be both independent and competitive. Above all else we wanted students who chose the vocational pathway to Serving on the PARCC ELC for ELA is a great opportunity for me to be an active voice for vocational education. Our mission--the mission of vocational education--has perhaps the strongest orientation toward this new CCSS and PARCC standard of college and career readiness. I've had the opportunity to see how PARCC, in accordance with the CCSS, is not an unclear mandate, but a series of measureable steps designed to improve student achievement. In fact, my participation in these meetings has shifted my focus on literacy instruction. The administrative team at North Shore Technical High School has embraced school-wide literacy and believes the skills

Serving on the PARCC ELC for ELA is a great opportunity for me to be an active voice for vocational education. Our mission--the mission of vocational education--has perhaps the strongest orientation toward this new CCSS and PARCC standard of college and career readiness. I've had the opportunity to see how PARCC, in accordance with the CCSS, is not an unclear mandate, but a series of measureable steps designed to improve student achievement. In fact, my participation in these meetings has shifted my focus on literacy instruction. The administrative team at North Shore Technical High School has embraced school-wide literacy and believes the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are essential for success in all other areas of school and life.

Since joining the PARCC ELC, we have made a number of changes to ensure that we are equipping our students for success after high school. …

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