Common Core Assessments
Common Core: PARCC® ELA/Literacy Test, Grade 4

Common Core: PARCC® ELA/Literacy Test, Grade 4

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By Caroline Krueger, Courtney Milewski, Mr. Dennis Fare
Print Edition $15.95

  • Pages: 204
  • Publication Date: May 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-7386-1204-1

PARCC® ELA/Literacy Assessment Grade 4 Test Guide
Take Control of the Common Core with REA's New Prep!

The educational landscape is changing and REA is at the forefront of the PARCC® assessments that millions of students face. This targeted test guide is designed for teachers and students in PARCC® states, and is fully aligned with the Common Core standards. (PARCC® is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers®, one of two major state-led consortia formed to develop Common Core-aligned tests.)

Covers All the Must-Know PARCC® ELA Topics: Our PARCC® Assessment: English Language Arts/Literacy Test Guide covers all the must-know PARCC® ELA Grade 4 material. Each chapter includes step-by-step standards-aligned instruction and practice for every skill tested on the exam.

Easy-to-navigate lessons: Equip students with the research and writing skills needed to ensure success on the exam. The book also offers expert guidance for dealing with authentic texts.

Two full-length practice tests: Our tests cover all question types as well as the three PARCC® tasks: Literary Analysis, Research Simulation, and Narrative Writing. Detailed answer explanations give you the correct answer, and also explain why the incorrect answers are wrong.

Written by Experts: Our authors are curriculum experts with extensive teaching experience. Each lesson is based strictly on how PARCC® testing works and ties back to the Common Core standards upon which the PARCC® assessments are based.

Classroom-tested Advice: Our authors offer classroom-tested systematic strategy on how to prep for the ELA/Literacy assessment.

This test guide is a must-have for students and teachers facing Common Core assessment!

What Are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards provide teachers and parents with an understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education so they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

About the Author

Dennis M. Fare is the assistant superintendent of the Mahwah Township (N.J.) Public Schools. In 2015, Mahwah students scored above the New Jersey state average on the PARCC® assessments. A sought-after expert on PARCC® implementation, Mr. Fare co-led a presentation at a 2014 Common Core leadership summit. He frequently conducts professional development workshops sponsored by the New Jersey Foundation for Educational Administration. Mr. Fare has served as an exam reader for AP® English Language and Composition and has been a rater for the SAT® test. This book is another in a series of PARCC® ELA test preps Mr. Fare has authored for REA. Mr. Fare earned a B.A. in English writing and an M.Ed. in English education from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He holds supervisor, principal, and superintendent certifications.

Caroline Krueger holds a B.A. in English from Bucknell University and an M.A. in British Literature from Montclair State University. She is certified as both an elementary and secondary educator. Her teaching experience spans from the elementary to the college level, and she has also worked for the College Board as an AP® reader. Ms. Krueger is currently an English language arts teacher and is a lover of reading, writing, and language.

Courtney Milewski is a veteran educator who has 20 years’ teaching experience in English language arts across all grades at the high school level. She has been teaching Advanced Placement® Literature and Composition for the past 12 years. Ms. Milewski has revised and developed English language arts curriculum in her district to align to the Common Core State Standards and PARCC® assessments. In 2002, Ms. Milewski received her master’s degree in Administration/Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Currently, she is employed as an English language arts teacher by the Hackensack (N.J.) Public School District.