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Approved Memos: 2014-2015 Testing Calendar

Arkansas Department of Education
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Title

2014-2015 Testing Calendar 

Memo Number

LS-14-063 

Memo Date

2/26/2014 

Attention

Co-op Directors; Elementary Principals; Middle School Principals; High School Principals; Superintendents; District Test Coordinators 

Memo Type

Informational 

Response Required

No 

Section

Learning Services 

Regulatory Authority

N/A 

Contact Person

Melody Morgan 

Phone Number

501-682-4558 

E-Mail

melody.morgan@arkansas.gov 

Memo Text

The tentative testing calendar for the 2014-2015 school year has been established.  This calendar includes windows for the first operational Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy assessments.  Because the PARCC assessments include two components, a performance-based assessment to be administered at approximately 75% of the instructional year and an end-of-year assessment at approximately 90% of the instructional year, two separate windows are listed below.  School districts will select test administration dates within each window.  Refer to the attachment for a calendar of the PARCC windows.  School districts on a four-by-four block must contact the Office of Student Assessment for unique fall and spring PARCC windows.

 

Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will participate in the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) online assessments in math and ELA at grades 3-8 and 11 during a window to be announced.

 

August 18 – September 19, 2014: Window for Kindergarten Screener

 

January 20-21, 2015: Mid-Year End-of-Course Biology Exam (Tuesday - Wednesday)

 

March 9 – April 10, 2015 (4 weeks*): Window for PARCC Performance-based Assessments  

  • Grades 3 – 8 Math and ELA/Literacy
  • Grades 9 – 11 ELA/Literacy
  • Algebra I End-of-Course
  • Geometry End-of-Course
  • Algebra II End-of-Course

March 16 – May 1, 2015: Window for English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) for LEP students K-12

 

March 20, 2015: Science Alternate Portfolio, grades 5, 7 & 10 due date (Friday)

 

April 6 – April 17, 2015: Window for Iowa Tests, grades 1 & 2 (NRT)

April 14 – 15, 2015: Benchmark Science Exam, grades 5 & 7 (Tuesday - Wednesday)

 

April 27 - May 22, 2015 (4 weeks): Window for PARCC End-of-Year Assessments

  • Grades 3-8 Math and ELA/Literacy
  • Grades 9-11 ELA/Literacy
  • Algebra I End-of-Course
  • Geometry End-of-Course
  • Algebra II End-of-Course

April 28 – 29, 2015 – End-of-Course Biology Exam (Tuesday - Wednesday)

 

* The Uniform Spring Break is the week of March 23-27.

Attachments
2015 PARCC Windows.xls    
Version: 22.0 
Created at 2/26/2014 1:44 PM  by Jennifer Wenger (ADE) 
Last modified at 2/27/2014 3:17 PM  by Deborah Coffman (ADE)