PARCC Important Information
PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The following information details basic information regarding this new assessment that our students have been taking since the 2014-2015 school year.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments were ready for states to administer starting with the 2014-15 school year.
PARCC is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They will also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help.
PARCC is made up of: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island. The states in PARCC educate more than 15 million elementary, middle and high school students across the country. In addition, Pennsylvania, is a "participating state."
- To learn more about PARCC score reports, please visit UnderstandTheScore.org.
- To learn more about PARCC, please visit www.parcconline.org.
- To learn more about the K-2 Formative Assessments, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/K2-assessments.
- To learn more about the 3-8 Summative and Non-Summative Assessment Components, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/3-8.
- To learn more about the PARCC Assessment Blueprints and Evidence Tables, please visithttp://www.parcconline.org/assessment-blueprints-test-specs.
- To learn about PARCC Field Tests, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/field-test.
- To learn more about the PARCC Performance Level Descriptors in ELA, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/ela-plds.
- To learn more about the PARCC Performance Level Descriptors in mathematics, please visithttp://www.parcconline.org/math-plds.
- To learn more about sample problems, tests, and rubrics, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes.
- To navigate directly to the current practice tests to use with your children, please visithttp://www.parcconline.org/practice-tests.
- For educator and parent resources, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/resources.
- For PARCC frequently asked questions, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/PARCCFAQ_9-18-2013.pdf.
- For a PARCC glossary of terms, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/PARCCGlossary07-01-13.pdf.
- For information about PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations, please visithttp://www.parcconline.org/parcc-accessibility-features-and-accommodations-manual.
PARCC Questions that have been asked:
1). How will PARCC scores be used for students? Will they be used for district placement?
At this time, PARCC data will not be a criterion for district placement.
2). Will students be trained well enough to use the computer functionality required of PARCC?
The district has provided each student with the ability to take the PARCC sample tests made available by PARCC. In addition, teachers continue to create PARCC like experiences for students including, but not limited to answering questions by typing in text boxes, utilizing drag and drop activities and the like.