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PARCC Field Testing Dates*


  • March 24 - April 11, 2014
  • May 5 - June 6, 2014

*Please contact your child's school for additional information about school participation.


Arizona is a Governing State in the PARCC Consortium


Superintendent John Huppenthal serves on the PARCC Governing Board. Sarah Gardner, Director for PARCC and Innovation Assessments at the Arizona Department of Education, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Arizona. Eileen Klein, President of the Arizona Board of Regents, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Karen Nicodemus, President Emerita of Cochise Community College, coordinates PARCC- related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.


Arizona Commitment to Higher Standards


Arizona has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2006, aligning its standards and graduation requirements with the expectations of postsecondary education and employers.

The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the spring of 2010. Leaders from Arizona’s K-12 and higher education communities were engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.


Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness


The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Arizona’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.

Arizona’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Arizona, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.

See a full list of participating institutions here.


Arizona State Resources