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

Next Generation Assessments

All students, regardless of income, family background or geography, should 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 the PARCC tests provide a valid and reliable evaluation of each student’s progress toward them. In fact, recent independent studies have found that PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.

States can administer PARCC in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. The tests are fully accessible and were were developed based on years of research and development.

For spring 2016, the test is shorter and results will come back sooner to teachers and parents. Learn what's different about PARCC this year.

Teachers, parents, and others may take a practice test, learn how to understand score results, and read about how PARCC fully protects student privacy.  

In addition to the year-end tests, many schools make use of PARCC instructional tools, including formative tasks for grades K-2, 3-8, and high school, diagnostic tools, and speaking and listening tools.


Why PARCC?


PARCC helps teachers know where to strengthen their instruction and lets parents know how their children are doing.

PARCC is computer-based and uses 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.

There’s no need to stop instruction and "prep for the test." The questions you’ll find on the PARCC state test look like assignments teachers in effective classrooms give their students every day.

  • 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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