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Washington, D.C. - October 3, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states working together to create next generation assessments, today released a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of its Speaking and Listening Assessments. This is the second of three RFPs PARCC will release as part of its suite of Non-Summative Assessments and Tools. The first was the Diagnostic Assessment and K-1 Formative Tools ITN, which was released in July 2013, and the last will be the Assessment Professional Development Modules RFP, scheduled for release later this month.Students' ability to communicate effectively, including through speaking and listening, is critical for their long-term success in college, careers and citizenship. These skills are a key element of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the college- and career-ready academic standards that PARCC states have adopted.