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Superintendent's Blog: What is all this about PARCC?

Posted 1/29/2015

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. PARCC is made up of the following states:  Arkansas, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.  

The PARCC assessments will replace the Benchmark assessments which have been used in Arkansas public schools since 2000.  The data from these assessments is important.  Students, parents, teachers and administrators use the data to make decisions regarding instruction.  The information helps school leaders identify areas that may require additional instruction or teacher training.  Data is also used in the identification of students for services such as Gifted and Talented.  

Many forms of data are used by school leaders to guide decisions.  Assessment data is one piece of information which enables school leaders to better serve their students.  This data also provides students and parents valuable information regarding individual student progress.

Who can see a student’s assessment results?  All student information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Individual student results may only be viewed by the student, that students’ parent or guardian, or a person with an explicit educational interest in that student (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator).  

School and district results are combined to provide stakeholders information about the performance of their local schools.  These results are published in newspapers and websites.  However, no individual student data is reported. 

Which courses have PARCC assessments?  All mathematics and literacy courses in grades 3 – 8 will be assessed via  PARCC.  Additionally, high school math (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) and high school English (English 9, English 10, and English 11) will have PARCC End of Course Assessments.

What is the test like?  PARCC is comprised of two components:  the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year Assessment (EOY).  The Performance Based Assessment will be administered in the early spring. The End of Year Assessment will be administered the last few weeks of school.  Both tests will be computer-based.  The assessments are downloaded onto the district’s secure server and delivered to the student through a secure login.  Students are not on the internet during testing. The tests are comprised of various question types, including multiple choice, short constructed response, and research simulations.  You may view a sample PARCC assessment by visiting this website: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/  

The teachers and administrators of the Cabot School District will continue to be committed to providing the best educational opportunities for our students.  We believe that if we keep our focus on teaching and learning, test scores take care of themselves.


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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746