December 12, 2013

PARCC Field Test Regional Training Workshops


The State of Illinois is participating in the PARCC computer-based field test to be administered in the spring of 2014. In preparation for this online testing, Pearson will be hosting two Regional Training Workshops in Illinois.

Regional Training Workshops are in-person training opportunities. These workshops will offer two tracks for training: one addressing the work of assessment administrative staff, and the other for technical administrative staff.  These will then be followed by a Q/A session. Each workshop is a full day (6-hour) event with a break to allow attendees to leave for lunch. Snacks and lunch will not be provided. 

The two locations for the workshops are as follows:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Hilton Lisle/Naperville 
3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532
Session: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - President Abraham Lincoln Springfield (DoubleTree by Hilton)  
701 E Adams, Springfield, IL 62701
Session: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

You may register for the workshops using this link:

Download the PowerPoint Presentation to be used at the training PDF format

Please register for the workshop closest to your district location. All of the information provided in these workshops will also be posted as training modules to the PARCC Training Management Site (TMS). Access to the PARCC TMS will be provided at a later date.

Below is a sample agenda for the workshop:

8:30 – 8:45 AM

SFTC, presenter
Slides and topic to be provided by SFTC

8:45 – 10:15 AM
Part I: Technology Set Up
Presenter: Technical Lead
  • Introduction to computer-based testing
  • Preparing your environment for computer-based testing
Break 10:15 – 10:30 AM


10:30 – 11:30 AM
Part I: Technology Set Up (continued)
Presenter: Technical Lead
  • Preparing your environment for computer-based testing
  • Providing technology support during testing
  • Conducting an Infrastructure Trial
  • New technologies – Virtualization, tablets
Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
(not provided)


12:30 – 2:15 PM
Part II: Administrator Training
Presenter: Administrator Lead
  • Overview of PearsonAccess
  • User access and user roles
  • Computer-based assessment
  • Paper-based assessment
Break 2:15 – 2:30 PM


2:30 – 3:30 PM
Part III: Accessibility Features and Accommodations with Computer-Based Testing
Presenter: Accommodations Lead
  • Types of accessibility features and accommodations
  • Assigning accommodated test forms