The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top assessment competition  to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system. Read and download the application here .
The PARCC Vision
PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:
- Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students,
- Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,
- Supports educators in the classroom,
- Makes better use of technology in assessments, and
- Advances accountability at all levels.
Collectively the states in PARCC educate about 22 million students. The PARCC states include: Arizona , Arkansas , Colorado , District of Columbia , Florida , Illinois , Indiana , Kentucky , Louisiana , Maryland , Massachusetts , Mississippi , New Jersey , New Mexico , New York , Ohio , Pennsylvania , Rhode Island , and Tennessee .
PARCC has produced many documents to serve as communications tools and resources for a variety of audiences to learn about the assessment system's history and development:
- PARCC FAQs 
- PARCC Fact Sheet 
- PARCC Glossary 
- PARCC Overview PowerPoint 
- A New Vision of Assessment PPT 
- PARCC One-Pager for Policymakers 
- PARCC One-Pager for Parents 
- Expanding Access – A Parent's Guide 
Additional press releases and information about the formation of the PARCC consortium: