The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC, is a consortium of 18 states, including Massachusetts, developing a common set of K-12 assessments in ELA and math based on the Common Core State Standards. The assessments are designed to determine whether a student is college or career ready by the end of high school, to mark the student’s progress toward this goal from Grade 3, and to provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.
THE PARCC assessments was field tested in Massachusetts in 2014. In 2015, school districts had a choice of taking PARCC or MCAS. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to decide in November whether to replace MCAS with PARCC.
The MTA opposes the adoption of PARCC.
- MTA Opposes PARCC: While the MCAS is certainly problematic, the proposed Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is even worse for students, educators and districts. It drains local resources, expands time devoted to standardized testing, and is still in its formative stages, making our schools testing labs for Pearson. In June, the MTA Board of Directors approved a new business item that calls for the MTA to communicate its opposition to state education officials and elected leaders and mobilize against efforts to implement PARCC as part of a broader moratorium on the high-stakes use of standardized testing.
- MTA Today article on the association's opposition to PARCC.
- The Facts: Timeline of past actions and proposed dates related to the PARCC test.
- Take the Test: Sample PARCC questions in ELA and math.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers a range of information related to PARCC on its website.
Here are some key documents/links:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is located online at parcconline.org.