Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College & Career
This is one of many images on the PARCC website (left) of kids who are happier taking standardized tests, because the tests are now on the computer. The following sample items showcase numerous question innovations that have been utilized by the PARCC when preparing the exam. The goal of these innovations is to (1) make the question types more versatile and less boring for students, and (2) to assess 21st Century readiness.
This sample question (left) shows how students can input multiple answers into a single question. Objects A, B, C, and D are asked to be dragged and dropped here to order from greatest to least, offering students a variety of answer choices, and a more open-ended response than simple multiple choice would allow.
This question innovation allows students while taking the PARCC test to highlight sections of text and also to click on facts within the article. This added function allows more answer options for students than a simple multiple choice question.
This question is also an example of interactive puzzle that students can visually and physically solve a puzzle-type problem. This highly innovative question allows students to drag pictured tiles to answer a mathematical problem. This technology will enhance the test .
This presentation focuses on the "technology-enhanced constructed response" (TECR) items. These items utilize new innovations such as drag / drop, cut / paste, highlighting, and arranging items to show relationships. They also might use gaming-type technology to make test-taking more enjoyable and intuitive for kids.
This question showcases the ability for images, numbers and text to be manipulated in TECR questions.
This question demonstrates how TECR questions can allow students to both fill in open-ended answers. The final part B of the question also allows students to draw a line on a graph, and even gives the option to "undo" and "start over."
This mathematical problem uses drag / drop technology to allow a game-type environment and an open-ended question with numerous response options.
Here, fractions can be dragged to the correct place on a number line, rather than students choosing among preset multiple choice answers.