Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers | PARCC
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Next Generation Assessments

PARCC states have developed a range of next-generation assessments to help ensure that all students, regardless of income, family background or geography, have equal access to a world-class education that will prepare them for success after high school.  New state standards set consistent expectations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for every student, and PARCC’s tests provide a valid and reliable evaluation of each student’s progress toward them.

The PARCC annual tests are available in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school.

The tests are fully accessible. They were developed based on years of research and development.

Parents, families and others can take a practice test, learn how to interpret score results, and be assured that PARCC’s data policies fully protect student privacy.  

Test administrators can get up-to-date information about technology requirements, recommended testing times, and other operational issues.


Why PARCC?

The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," assessing students' current performance, and pointing the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career.

  • They help teachers know where to strengthen their instruction and let parents know how their children are doing.
  • They are computer-based and use interactive questions to determine whether students have mastered the fundamentals, as well as higher-order skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and analyzing sources to write arguments and informational essays – skills not easily assessed by traditional multiple-choice tests.
  • Experts from the PARCC states looked at effective teaching practices and mirrored them in the assessments. The questions you’ll find on the PARCC state test look like assignments teachers in effective classrooms give their students every day. There’s no need to stop instruction and "prep for the test."
  • They serve students of all achievement levels — advanced, average, and struggling — by identifying where they have areas of need, as well as where they are excelling.
  • In English language arts/literacy, many states only assessed writing three times from kindergarten to high school. And only some measured critical-thinking skills. PARCC does both at every grade. In mathematics, PARCC gives students a chance to solve real-world problems and show how they solved them.
  • For the first time, states now can compare results accurately. What it means to be ready for success in college or careers shouldn’t vary from state to state. And every student, regardless of zip code, should have the same expectations and opportunities to succeed.


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