Participating StatesA hallmark of the PARCC consortium is state involvement. PARCC states make policy and test design decisions about their state assessment. Classroom teachers, principals, curriculum directors and other educators, as well as experts and state education agency staff from all PARCC states have actively participated in developing and implementing the PARCC assessments.
Who is participating in the PARCC tests?In the 2014-15 school year, 5 million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia took the PARCC annual assessments in grades 3-11, although not all participating states have students in all grades taking the test. Students in the following states took PARCC assessments in the 2014-15 school year: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
In addition, New York City conducted a pilot program with 5,000 students in 25 schools.
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia field tested the assessment in 2013-14. The information was used to determine the effectiveness of the test items and prepare them for use in the 2014-15 testing.
PARCC states and Parcc Inc., the nonprofit project manager for the PARCC states, work with test vendors, states and other education entities interested in offering assessment solutions that include PARCC content.
New Participation OptionsState Education leaders that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are giving new options for all states to access high quality assessments.
The Partnership states are providing a tiered approach for the 2016-17 school year that will allow any state or other educational entities to have access to the PARCC assessments at varying levels of participation. More details on the new tiered approach will be available soon.