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 have a choice of taking PARCC or MCAS. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will then decide whether to replace MCAS with PARCC.
- Be Heard! BESE is seeking feedback on PARCC and high-stakes testing at a series of hearings scheduled this spring.
- 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.