ELA/Literacy Test Documents

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PARCC ELA/Literacy Specifications
 (Updated and Refined 2014)


Over the course of the year and as a result of lessons learned from the extensive PARCC field test, PARCC has updated and refined several key ELA/literacy specifications.  The updated specifications documents will help educators and the general public better understand the refinements to the design of the ELA/literacy summative assessments. 
 
The specifications updated include:

 
PARCC ELA/Literacy Combined Common Forms Specifications
  • In order to reduce testing time yet maintain integrity in measuring the CCSS, the PARCC Common Forms Specification have been refined.

  • The Mid-Year, Performance-Based, and End-of-Year forms specifications have been combined.

  • The list of Task Generation Models in the PBA Forms Specifications has been updated to reflect newly added Task Generation Models.

  • Point totals have been adjusted to reflect changes made to the Scoring Rubrics and the reduction of passage sets on the End-of-Year forms specifications.


PARCC Evidence Tables for ELA/literacy (Reading)

  • Evidence statements that apply only to the Diagnostic assessment were added. These evidence statements are clearly labeled as “For Diagnostic Only.”

  • A small number of evidence statements were combined to allow for more accurate alignment of items to the CCSS.


Task Models for ELA/literacy

  • A few task models were added to account for viable, engaging, and CCSS-aligned tasks brought forward during the first phases of item development.

  • A few task models were modified to account for lessons learned during the first phases of item development.


Passage Selection and Item Guidelines

  • The Passage Selection and Item Guidelines documents were updated to reflect changes made to the ELA/literacy specifications documents.

PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC assessments.

  • Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each.
  • 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.
 
You can view and download several sets of specifications for the PARCC assessments in English language arts/literacy, including ELA/literacy form specifications, passage selections guidance and rubrics, and evidence statement tables.
 
Two PowerPoints listed below have been developed that will guide viewers through the passage selection guidelines and evidence tables.
 
Please consult the FAQs below for answers to general questions about the test specifications documents, including the development process and how they can be used.
 

FAQs
 

 


PowerPoints
 

  • Download the PARCC ELA Passage Selection Guidelines PowerPoint here.
  • Download the PARCC ELA Evidence Tables PowerPoint here.

(Technical Tip: Audio plays using PowerPoint 2010 Professional or later. Older versions may not be supported. Press "Slideshow" and then "From Beginning" to play audio. ) 

 

 

 

Additional Information
PARCC Grades 3-5 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 12/2014)PARCC Grades 3-5 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 12/2014)
PARCC Grades 6-8 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014)PARCC Grades 6-8 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014)
PARCC Grades 9-11 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014)PARCC Grades 9-11 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014)
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 3-5 (Updated)PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 3-5 (Updated)
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 6-8 PDF (Updated)PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 6-8 PDF (Updated)
PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 9-11 (Updated)PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 9-11 (Updated)
PARCC Grade 3 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 3 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 4 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 4 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 5 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 5 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 6 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 6 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 7 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 7 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 8 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 8 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grades 9-10 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grades 9-10 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 11 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)PARCC Grade 11 Reading Evidence Tables (Updated December 2014)
PARCC Grade 3-5 Writing Evidence TablesPARCC Grade 3-5 Writing Evidence Tables
PARCC Grades 6-8 Writing Evidence TablesPARCC Grades 6-8 Writing Evidence Tables
PARCC Grades 9-11 Writing Evidence TablesPARCC Grades 9-11 Writing Evidence Tables
PARCC ELA Item Guidelines (Updated)PARCC ELA Item Guidelines (Updated)
PARCC Passage Selection Guidelines (Updated)PARCC Passage Selection Guidelines (Updated)
PARCC Literary Text Analysis WorksheetPARCC Literary Text Analysis Worksheet
PARCC Informational Text Analysis WorksheetPARCC Informational Text Analysis Worksheet

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