PARCC States

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A hallmark of the PARCC consortium is state involvement. PARCC states make policy and test design decisions and are in control of their assessment. Classroom teachers, principals, curriculum directors and other educators, as well as experts and state education agency staff from PARCC states have actively participated in developing and implementing the PARCC assessments.

Who is participating in the PARCC tests?

In the 2014-15 school year, 5 million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia are taking the PARCC state assessments in grades 3-11, though not all states participating have students in all grades taking the test. Students in the following states are taking the test this school year: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

In addition to the states above, New York City is conducting a pilot program with 5,000 students in 25 schools. While New York State has been a member of the PARCC consortium governing board, it is not testing its students with PARCC in 2014-15.
Fourteen states plus the District of Columbia field tested the assessment in 2013-14. No results were generated from these field tests. The information was used to determine the effectiveness of the test items and prepare them for use in the 2014-15 testing.

PARCC states and Parcc Inc., the nonprofit project manager for the PARCC states, work with test vendors, states and other education entities interested in offering assessment solutions that include PARCC content.

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