The Keys to College and Career Readiness

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By Anna Litten
My 9 year old doesn’t know how to type.  I don’t often worry about the typing skills of kids, but since he’s taking the PARCC test on a computer this week, his words per minute really count. 

This year, my son is one of 4,370 third graders in Boston taking the PARCC assessment. According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, PARCC *require(s) students to speak and write in a variety of formats and support their ideas with evidence from authoritative sources.* PARCC calls on students to bring high-level thinking skills to their work.  I love the push to ask kids to think and engage with information but I also wonder about that typing.  Will poor typing get in the way of real assessment?  Continue reading →