What is PARCC?
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 18 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Why do we need new assessments?
The new tests are being developed in response to the long standing concerns of educators, parents and employers who want assessments that better measure students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and their ability to communicate clearly. They will provide more meaningful and timely information for educators, parents and students.
How will participating in PARCC field testing help students and teachers?
Students will get a sense of the new assessments and will help prepare them for next year. Teachers will observe how students respond to the test, which will provide valuable information to help teachers prepare students for the program next year.
What are the benefits of the PARCC assessments?
In ELA/literacy, many states don’t assess writing and few assess critical-thinking skills. PARCC will do both. In math, most current assessments are fill-in-the-blank bubble tests. PARCC will give students a chance to solve real problems. Plus, they’ll not only have to solve complex problems, but explain how they solved them.
How many PARCC assessments will students take during the school year?
The PARCC summative assessments will be administered in a total of nine sessions throughout the school year. At each grade level the Performance-Based Assessment component will require five sessions – three sessions for ELA/literacy and two sessions for mathematics. The End of Year assessment component at each grade level will require four sessions – two for ELA/literacy and two for math.
In total, the PARCC will require slightly more testing time than the ISAT and PSAE but testing will be spread out through the school year. PARCC also includes new components to capture comprehensive information about college and career readiness. Currently, ISAT has three sessions for math and three sessions for reading. PSAE has two sessions for reading and two for math, which typically take between five and eight hours to complete. There is currently no writing assessed with either ISAT or PSAE, so that is part of the difference between the current assessments and the upcoming PARCC.
Will PARCC be administered in all grades K-12? If not, what grades?
The PARCC Summative Assessment (PBA and EOY) will be administered in grades 3-8 in both math and English/Language Arts. PARCC assessments will be administered in English 9, 10 and 11 and in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra II as an end of course assessment. PARCC Formative Assessments may be used in grades K-1. PARCC Diagnostic Assessments may be administered in grades 2-8. PARCC Speaking and Listening assessments will be administered in grades 3-8 and high school courses related to English language arts.