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Testing Times

High-quality assessments measure what students know and can do, efficiently, and then allow teachers to adjust instruction accordingly, making the best use of classroom time. 

The times were established so that students would have sufficient time to complete the assessments and show what they know and can do, and also also to minimize the amount of time spent on testing. In English language arts/literacy, for example, the session times should enable students to do close reading of the passages, draft their written responses, and go back to edit their work.

The PARCC states re-examined testing times again following the spring 2015 administration and reduced testing by 90 minutes at all grade levels. Learn more about this and other test design changes.

Students with disabilities, and English learners, are eligible for an extended time accomodation. Read more about PARCC accessibility and accomodations.


Testing Window

In 2015-16, the assessment will be given during one window. Schools will have up to 30 school days in which to test, but most will complete all testing in a week to two weeks, depending on their schedule and availability of laptops/devices.

The new single window will end at the 90 percent mark of the school year. Gone are the separate early spring performance-based (PBA) and late spring end-of-year (EOY) windows. 

 

Spring 2016 Testing Times

Schools administering the tests in Spring 2015-16 should use the following unit testing times. See 2015 Fall/Winter Block Testing Times here.

Grade 3

ELA Unit Times

Unit 1 - 90 min
Unit 2 - 75 min
Unit 3 - 90 min


Math Unit Times

Unit 1 - 60 min
Unit 2 - 60 min
Unit 3 - 60 min
Unit 4 - 60 min

Grades 4-5

ELA Unit Times

Unit 1 - 90 min
Unit 2 - 90 min
Unit 3 - 90 min


Math Unit Times

Unit 1 - 60 min
Unit 2 - 60 min
Unit 3 - 60 min
Unit 4 - 60 min

 

Grades 6-8

ELA Unit Times

Unit 1 - 110 min
Unit 2 - 110 min
Unit 3 - 90 min


Math Unit Times

Unit 1 - 80 min
Unit 2 - 80 min
Unit 3 - 80 min

 

Grades 9-11

ELA Unit Times

Unit 1 - 110 min
Unit 2 - 110 min
Unit 3 - 90 min

Math Unit Times
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Integrated Mathmatics I, II, III
Unit 1 - 90 min
Unit 2 - 90 min
Unit 3 - 90 min


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