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The District of Columbia is a Governing State in the PARCC Consortium

Superintendent Jesús Aguirre serves on the Governing Board. Jessica Mellen Enos, Director of Assessment, and Jeffrey Noel, Director of Data Management, Assessment, and Research, at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, currently serve as the K-12 Leads for PARCC in the District of Columbia.  Dr. Thomas Bullock, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness and coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities for the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Commitment to Higher Standards

The District of Columbia State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in July 2010.  In August 2010, the District became one of 12 states to win the Race to the Top competition. The District of Columbia joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Governing State in the spring of 2010 and actively helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of the District of Columbia’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.

The District of Columbia’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in the District of Columbia, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.

See a full list of participating institutions here.

The District of Columbia State Resources

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