English Language Arts/Literacy Test Documents

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English Language Arts/Literacy Test 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.
 
  • Forms Specifications Documents (high level blueprints) define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment for the Performance-Based and End-of-Year components. 
  • Claims Structure Documents define the major claims of the PARCC ELA/literacy assessment as well as the sub-claims for which student achievement will be measured.
  • 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. In 2014, as a result of lessons learned from item development and the extensive PARCC field test, the evidence statement tables were updated and refined. These updates include:
    • 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.
  • ELA/Literacy Task Models guide the development of Performance-Based tasks (collections of items) that have a particular focus and elicit targeted evidences aligned to standards. 
  • Guidelines Documents guide the selection of passages and development of items for the PARCC ELA/literacy assessment. 
  • Text Analysis Worksheets are tools use to help determine grade level placement and complexity level of passages for use on the PARCC Assessment.
 
You can view and download these ELA/literacy test specification documents using the links below.
 
ELA/Literacy Forms Specifications
 
 
Claims Structure Documents
 

Reading Evidence Tables
 
 
Writing Evidence Tables
 
 
ELA/Literacy Task Models
 
 
Guidelines
 
 
Text Analysis Worksheets
 
 
ELA/Literacy Scoring Rubrics
 
 

 


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.

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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 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 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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