Accessibility Accommodations and Fairness

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 PARCC is committed to providing all students, including but not limited to, students with disabilities, English learners, and underserved populations with equitable access to high-quality, 21st-century PARCC assessments.


By implementing universal design principles, leveraging technology, and offering accommodations, PARCC intends to provide opportunities for the widest possible number of students to demonstrate what they know and can do while maintaining high expectations for all students. Driven by what is expected of students in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the claims of the PARCC summative assessments, common policies for accommodations, participation, and assessment accessibility features will increase equitable access, fidelity of implementation, and comparability across PARCC states.

Goals for Promoting Student Access

  • Apply principles of universal design for accessible assessments throughout every stage of developing assessment components, items, and performance tasks
  • Minimize/eliminate features of the assessment that are irrelevant to what is being measured, so that all students can more accurately demonstrate their knowledge and skills
  • Measure the full range of complexity of the standards
  • Leverage technology for delivering assessment components as widely accessible as possible
  • Build accessibility throughout the test itself with no trade-off between accessibility and validity
  • Use a combination of ‘accessible’-authoring and accessible technologies from the inception of items and tasks
  • Established Committees on Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness comprised of knowledgeable testing officials from member states and national experts Open Policies for Public Comment


Third Edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual (November 2014)


Working Groups for Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness


PARCC Tools, Accessibility Features, and Accommodations Available for Student Practice
  • PARCC Tools, Accessibility Features, and Accommodations Available for Student Practice
    To help students and teachers prepare for the PARCC assessments, PARCC has provided several opportunities for practice with the content, format, tools, functionality, accessibility features, and accommodations provided on the assessments. Included in this document is a chart listing each of the tools, accessibility features, or accommodations along with the location of where they can be found to help students, teachers, and parents become familiarity with the functionality.
  • Check out educator-developed resources to support educators in facilitating conversations about the connection between instruction and the assessments on our educator resources page

Communications Brochures 

  • Download the PDFs below.


PARCC Accessibility & Accommodations Policies Have Been Through Extensive Public Comment

  • Draft Accommodations Policies for Reading Access & Calculator [January 16 – February 4, 2013] 
  • Draft Writing Access Accommodations Policies [February 8 – February 20, 2013]
  • Draft Accommodations Manual [April 18 – May 13, 2013] 


Ongoing Policy Development

  • PARCC is collaborating on these policies with the other assessment consortia working to develop common assessments, including the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the consortia for English language proficiency and for students participating in state alternate assessments.


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