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. ) 

 

 

 

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