Valuable Information about our State Assessment
The PARCC Tests
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a modern assessemnt that replaces previous state standardized tests. It not only evaluates a student's progress but also provides better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual student needs.
PARCC helps ensure that all students, regardless of income, family background or geography, have equal access to a world-class education that will prepare them for success after high school in college and/or careers. New state standards set consistent expectations in English and mathematics for every student, and PARCC provides a valid and reliable evaluation of each student’s progress toward them. Modern, high-Quality assessments
Most states voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in 2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning. Click the following link to visit the PARCC website http://parcconline.org/.
The PARCC assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," assessing students' current performance, and pointing the way to what students need to learn to be ready for the next grade level and, by high school graduation, for college and/or a career. The PARCC assessments are designed to give schools and teachers more information to improve instruction. Moreover, PARCC is designed to let parents know how their child is progressing academically. This more detailed information can lead to strong engagement between parents and teachers.
Please click the following links to access more detailed information about the assessment:
- Take a practice test
- What’s different about the PARCC tests?
- Glossary of PARCC assessment terms
- Learn about accommodations
- Visit UnderstandTheScore.org
Please utilize the following guides when reviewing your child's scores:
- ELA Parent Guide for Score Report
- ELA Parent Guide for Score Report (Spanish)
- Math Parent Guide for Score Report
- Math Parent Guide for Score Report (Spanish)
GreatKids Test Guide for Parents provides families with students in grades 3-8 with customizable information by state and grade level that will help them better understand what their child was tested on and how to support their learning. The Guide, created in collaboration with teachers at each grade level, explains what knowledge and skills are needed grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject. Also available en Espanol.
Be a Learning Hero helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country so they can help their children be successful in school. They provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.
UnderstandtheScore.org is a collaborative resource designed to help parents most effectively intepret their child's score report. It features information about the assessments, along with resources that will help parents assist their children on the journey to college and career readiness.
If you have further questions, please contact your child's teacher or school administrator.