Blueprints & Test Specs

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PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC assessments. 

Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each

Evidence statement tables and evidence statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students.  These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards, and highlight their advances especially around the coherent nature of the standards.

You can view and download several sets of specifications for the PARCC assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics including, ELA/literacy form specifications, passage selections guidance and rubrics, and mathematics evidence statement tables.

Two content-specific PowerPoints have been developed to provide overviews of various specifications and to assist in interpreting the information included in them. ELA/literacy has two additional PowerPoints that will guide viewers through the passage selection guidelines and evidence tables.

Please consult the FAQs for answers to general questions about the test specifications documents, including the development process and how they can be used.

FAQs

 

PARCC Blueprints and Test Specifications FAQ (PDF)

 

PowerPoints

 

The PARCC Public Blueprints Narrated Math PowerPoint is a large file downloadable by clicking here. A video recording of this presentation is available here.

Download the PARCC ELA Passage Selection Guidelines PowerPoint here.

Download the PARCC ELA Blueprints and Test Specifications Overview Narrated PowerPoint here.

Download the PARCC ELA Evidence Tables PowerPoint here.

(Technical Tip: Audio plays using PowerPoint 2010 Professional or later. Older versions may not be supported. Press "Slideshow" and then "From Beginning" to play audio. ) 

 

Large PDFs

 

The following files may take additional time to download:

PARCC Combined PBA Task Generation Models PDF including narrative is a large file downloadable by clicking here. This document is also broken down into grade level attachments below.

PARCC ELA Combined MY Form Specifications PDF is here.

PARCC ELA Combined PBA and EOY Form Specifications PDF is here.

PARCC ELA Combined MY Task Generation Models PDF is here.

Additional Information
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF Narrative + Grades 3-5PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF Narrative + Grades 3-5
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models Grades 6-8 PDFPARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models Grades 6-8 PDF
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF Grades 9-11PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF Grades 9-11
PARCC ELA Combined Evidence Tables (PDF)PARCC ELA Combined Evidence Tables (PDF)
PARCC ELA Combined Writing Evidence Tables (PDF)PARCC ELA Combined Writing Evidence Tables (PDF)
PARCC ELA Item Guidelines 2.0 (PDF)PARCC ELA Item Guidelines 2.0 (PDF)
PARCC ELA Combined Passage Selection Guidelines and Worksheets (PDF)PARCC ELA Combined Passage Selection Guidelines and Worksheets (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics High Level BlueprintsPARCC Mathematics High Level Blueprints
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 3 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 3 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 3 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 3 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 4 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 4 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 4 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 4 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 5 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 5 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 5 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 5 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 6 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 6 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 6 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 6 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 7 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 7 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 7 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 7 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 8 EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 8 EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 8 PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Grade 8 PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra I EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra I EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra I PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra I PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Geometry EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Geometry EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Geometry PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Geometry PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra II PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra II PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra II EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Algebra II EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math I EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math I EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math I PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math I PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math II EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math II EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math II PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math II PBA and MYA (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math III EOY (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math III EOY (PDF)
PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math III PBA and MYA (PDF)PARCC Mathematics Evidence Table Math III PBA and MYA (PDF)