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Understanding Summative Assessment Design

Test specification documents help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC mathematics summative assessments. These documents were updated in July 2015 based on the updated assessment design.

Mathematics High Level Blueprint

The Mathematics High Level Blueprint defines the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment, the item types, and the point values for each.

Mathematics Assessment Unit Structure

The Mathematics Assessment Unit Structure defines the structure for the mathematics assessments including the number of units, and the timing and calculator designation for each unit.

Claims Structure Documents

Claims Structure Documents define the master claim of the PARCC mathematics assessments as well as the four sub-claims in which student achievement will be measured.

Evidence Statement Tables and Evidence Statements

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.

Evidence Statements include information on "Clarifications, Limits and Emphasis," related "Mathematical Practices" and "Calculator Designations."

Evidence Statement Tables and Evidence Statements by Grade


​Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments in Mathematics

​Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments in Mathematics provide grade-level information about the design and structure of the state summative assessments. The guides:

  • Help educators understand the content in the summative assessment.
  • Inform instruction by indicating the content assessed by each task type as described by the Evidence Statements.
  • Describe policies for administering the tests.


Informational Guides by Grade

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