The PARCC Tests
Modern, high-Quality assessmentsMost states voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in 2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them since then 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.
Many of the old state tests measured only lower-level skills. The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," measure students’ current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career.
Recent independent studies have found PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.
The PARCC assessment system is made up of two categories of tools:
PARCC Suite of Assessments
- annual year-end tests in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics tests in grades 3-8 and high school; and
- instructional tools that teachers may use at their discretion anytime during the school year. These include formative tasks for grades K-2, 3-8, and high school; diagnostic tools; and speaking and listening tools; and performance-based modules.