Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 11, 2014

Altamont students prepare to pilot new test

ALTAMONT — With changes to testing coming throughout the state, select Altamont students are preparing to try the PARCC pilot test later this month.

Fourth graders as well as seventh through ninth grade students will be trying the test on March 21 and March 24, before it is rolled out in full next school year. Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch said students will be trying the test digitally to continue to iron out the kinks in how it is administered.

"We did a beta test for PARCC last year," he said. "PARCC did listen to some of the stuff our tech guys threw at them and made some adjustments. They've had a lot of dialogue with us."

While pilot testing the new program allows its developers to see what works and what doesn't, Fritchtnitch said it's also giving teachers an opportunity to more properly prepare students for what they will be facing next year in standardized testing.

"Our teachers walk around and monitor the test and they can get a feel for how those questions are written and can look at how we take the test," he said. "We can create some questions that are similar to how the PARCC questions are derived. We're going to take advantage of it as we can to prepare for when the test comes out 100 percent next year."

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