Check out EdWeek's Curriculum Matters blog to read about PARCC's new release of 'content frameworks' intended to provide a "bridge" between the CCSS and the tests PARCC is creating. Although public commentary closed August 17, NWP is working with PARCC to increase educator involvement. If you are in a PARCC state, let us kow if hyou would like to be part of this effort. In the meantime, take a look at the document to the right and add any thoughts you may have!According to Curriculum Matters:"The frameworks were developed by folks from the 24 states in the consortium, writers of the standards, and others in the field, but now PARCC hopes to solicit a broader range of feedback, so they're open for public comment until August 17. Final versions are slated for fall release. You can see the draft versions on PARCC's website."So what are these things?"According to PARCC, the frameworks identify "the big ideas" in the standards at each grade level, and are intended to "help determine the focus" for PARCC tests. These are not papers you can curl up and carry in your back pocket, though; at 162 pages, the frameworks are longer than the standards themselves (if you don't count the standards' various appendices). They explain how the standards work, discuss how learning progresses from grade to grade, and outline ways to dig into the standards' most important areas. They also provide guidance on how to judge good instructional materials for the standards."The blog continues to explain why we shouldn't be asking test makers to make curriculum...but that's another (important) issue. For now, it would be useful for folks to comment. If you do comment, share some of your thoughts here so that your colleagues in the NWP can see what others think.To comment, visit the PARCC website: http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-content-frameworks. To share your thoughts with your colleagues, use the comment boxes below.