From the Principal’s Desk

MARCH is all about PARCC

Dear BBEMS Families:


Three years ago, City Schools began implementing curriculum aligned to the college and career-ready standards. The standards outline what students should know and be able to do in English language arts/literacy and math from kindergarten to grade 12.  Classroom instruction is richer as a result—students are engaging with content in new ways, and they are applying their learning to solve problems.


Additionally, school staff receives regular professional development and support from the district to strengthen instruction and leadership.  All of this is in place to ensure students finish high school ready for success in college and are competitive in the workforce.  To measure what and how students are learning and their understanding of the new standards, City Schools will administer PARCC. The curriculum builds on knowledge from the prior year, and the tests reflect that gradual building of knowledge and skills.


City Schools has worked hard to get ready for PARCC.  Students have been preparing for PARCC for the past three years when the district implemented the new standards.  136 schools participated in the online PARCC field test last spring (5300 students, including almost 1000 students with IEPs or 504 plans).  In 2013-14, City Schools went from 6 to 136 schools taking a high-stakes assessment online.  Every school has a school test coordinator (STC) who is the resident expert on PARCC administration. STCs have received extensive training on how to administer online tests.


We will begin PARCC testing on March 5th for 3rd grade and 6th grade.  The other graded will begin testing on March 10th.  Students in PK, K and 1st do not take the PARCC exams.


We ask that you continue to send your children on time every day so that they may have a positive testing experience and do their very best.


Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that our students receive a quality education.



C. Watson, Principal