Cranston Public Schools

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Superintendent's Message

Please join us for our PARCC Parent Information Session

Tuesday, January 13th from 7:00-9:00PM

Cranston High School East Media Center

Presented by Rhode Island Department of Education and Cranston Public Schools

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Kindly RSVP to Joann Ruggieri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , you may also forward any questions you wish to have addressed at the information session.

Susan DeRiso, the Literacy Director, has provided the following information on PARCC:

Parent Guide

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states that have come together to develop high-quality student assessments aligned with the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These assessments will replace previous state tests in those subjects.

The PARCC assessments are designed to measure whether students are on track for college or careers. To this end, PARCC assessments ask students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in an in-depth manner. Students are asked to answer various types of questions, show their work, and explain their reasoning. For example, in math your child will be asked to explain mathematical reasoning, not just get the answer correct. In English language arts/literacy, your child will be asked to read complex passages and identify evidence that can be used to make a persuasive argument.

PARCC assessments may be different from assessments your child has taken in the past. For example, PARCC assessments:

* Will be taken both electronically (computer based) and on paper. Your child’s testing mode will be determined by grade level and/or course.

* Ask students to read real-life texts and solve meaningful problems based on high-quality classroom work.

* Provide useful information about students’ academic achievement–what they are doing well and where improvement is needed.

* Connect to the Common Core State Standards, which spell out what your child needs to know in each grade in ELA/literacy and math.

* Show whether students are on track for success in college or a career.

Please visit the PARCC website at You will find sample test questions and more information about the design and development of these new assessments.

Also, for additional information, please attend the January 13th meeting. 


There are several other dates on other school topics that I would love to see parents and community members attend: Please save the following dates for these informative events:

·         The Superintendent’s 2015-2016 budget will be presented to the School Committee and the public on January 20th, 2015.

·          The School Committee and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and to comment on the proposed budget on the following dates: January 26 and January 29th, 2015. Please join the discussion.


·         The Strategic Plan update will be posted on this page on January 13, 2015.  On Monday, February 2, 2015 the update will be discussed at the Cranston Education Advisory Board (CEAB) meeting. Any school or parent organization that would like to have a presentation, please contact Gail Macera or me to set up a presentation.  

2014-2015 Cranston School Calendar

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