Model Content Frameworks - ELA/Literacy

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) developed the Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy to help inform the development of item specifications and blueprints for the PARCC assessments and support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

This site presents the Model Content Frameworks in an interactive way, creating a more accessible tool for users. Use the Frameworks Browser below to search the Model Content Frameworks by grade, key concept, or keyword. Use the links on the left side of the page to access introductory material or to access the framework for a specific grade. PDF versions of the Model Content Frameworks are available on the In the Classroom page of the PARCC website.

The site includes a built-in glossary for keywords in the frameworks. Term definitions were compiled from the following sources: American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy; All American: Glossary of Literary Terms, University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects;,, The Free Dictionary,; Reading Framework for the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress; The Oxford Companion to the English Language; Oxford English Dictionary; PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy; and PARCC ITN 2012-31: PARCC Item Development.

Users are encouraged to start by reading the ELA/Literacy Overview section, which gives background on how the Model Content Frameworks connect to the PARCC assessment system. This section also explains the structure and key terms for reading and using the frameworks.

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