The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy give teachers, schools, students and parents better information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.
The PARCC assessment is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are closely aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help, as well as students who are excelling and are ready for additional challenges.
A hallmark of the PARCC consortium is state involvement. 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. Students in 12 states are participating in the 2014-2015 administration of the PARCC tests: Arkansas , Colorado , District of Columbia , Illinois , Louisiana , Maryland , Massachusetts , Mississippi , New Jersey , New Mexico , Ohio , and Rhode Island . Approximately 5,000 students in in grades 3-8 in 25 New York City schools are piloting the PARCC assessment this school year.
In addition, students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools in New Mexico and Mississippi are taking the PARCC assessment this school year.
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.