News & Updates
Monday, January 30, 2017
Since its inception, the PARCC consortium has had the utmost commitment to transparency, and to providing parents, teachers, and students with access to data and resources that foster classroom growth. To date, PARCC has published more than 1,300 authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessment season, including more than 50 new items for grades 9 through 11 published today. These newly-released items complement the more than 500 authentic test materials from grades 3 through 8 now available, along with the more than 850 test items from 2014-15 assessments released last year. Altogether, this equates roughly to one full test per grade from each year, in both English language arts and mathematics.
Friday, December 2, 2016
For the second year in a row, the PARCC consortium has released a new batch of authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessments for grades 3 through 8. The test items, which are actual questions and subject-matter examples from last year’s assessments and can be found on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), are designed to provide students, teachers, and parents with unparalleled transparency about the tests and to serve as a resource to prepare for the upcoming spring assessments.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Today, the PARCC consortium announced it has released the Partnership Resource Center (PRC) code for public use.
The PRC code can be used to create a portal for assessment resources and related tools. Please find the code here.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Today, the PARCC consortium announced it has released its Data Management and Reporting System (DMRS) code for public use.
The DMRS code can be used to create management and storage systems for assessments. Please find the code here.
Monday, July 11, 2016
The PARCC consortium welcomes the release of the new proposed regulations for the Innovative Assessment Pilot created through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and announced last week by the U.S. Department of Education. The pilot program allows up to seven districts or states to use alternative tests in place of a state assessment with the expectation that the piloted test will eventually be used statewide.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Over the past year, a diverse range of studies have highlighted that PARCC assessments are of the highest quality in the field, endorsed by the country’s top educators, aligned to nationally recognized standards for educational achievement, predictive of college readiness, and accessible to students with physical disabilities and those who are learning English as their second language.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
With multiple recent studies highlighting the extreme costs of college remediation, both financially and as it pertains to higher-education success, Kentucky has announced that it will accept PARCC scores at Level 4 and above as sufficient proof to exempt a student at any of their public colleges or universities from having to take remedial coursework.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
A first-of-its kind study finds that PARCC assessments accurately measure a student’s “college readiness,” noting that a student who meets the college-ready scores on the tests are on track to succeed in post-secondary education.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Students are given an unfair test environment when anyone posts active test questions on the internet – whether the test is PARCC, the SAT, or any other exam. Because of this, states rely on Parcc Inc., a non-profit organization, to help ensure that every student who takes a test does so on an even playing field without any unfair advantages or disadvantages, and this requires that copyrighted materials be closely guarded.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The following statement can be attributed to Laura Slover, CEO of Parcc Inc., the project manager for the PARCC assessment, regarding Pearson testing errors in New Jersey on April 20, 2016:
We are disappointed by the disruptions in testing that were created today as a result of errors on the part of Pearson. These kinds of mistakes are unacceptable.
The PARCC test is broadly considered the best assessment in the nation not only because of its industry-best capacity to accurately measure academic skills and knowledge, but also because of its superior technical quality. Since PARCC assessments were launched last year, over 17 million online PARCC tests have been successfully administered without disruption, including the 2.5 million tests this spring.