News & Updates
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.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
North Elementary School in Des Plaines, Ill. took the PARCC assessments last week, and third grade teacher Lindsay Santiago used her Twitter account to share her students' successes, struggles, and pride in completing their first PARCC assessments, all in their own words. Ms. Santiago, who has taught elementary school in Illinois for 16 years, the last 14 in Des Plaines, says her students are naturally optimistic to begin with, but that she has instilled in them the importance in taking pride in their work and in these assessments.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Top educators from Illinois and Maryland are taking to the airwaves to promote student participation in this year’s state assessments. Steve Elza, 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and Josh Parker, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year, are being featured in audio news releases that are running across the two states beginning this week.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Two recently released independent studies found the PARCC assessment to be one of the strongest systems to assess student readiness for college and careers. The studies, conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (elementary and middle school) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO, high school) are just the latest in a string of independent studies that have found PARCC to be a national leader in quality assessments. PARCC received the highest marks possible for measuring of students’ mastery of English language arts, the highest ratings for measuring vocabulary skills, and highlighted PARCC’s use of evidence-based questions. PARCC also scored highly in many other areas.