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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

To further the goal of expanding access to high-quality test content that can be compared across state lines, the state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of PARCC have issued a Request for Information (RFI), seeking input to inform a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) that will identify appropriate vendors for the consortium’s new offerings. The states are providing a tiered approach for the 2016-17 school year that will allow any state or other educational entity to access the PARCC assessments at varying levels of participation.

The consortium plans to offer assessment materials that will enable states outside the consortium to create “state-customized” PARCC assessments that measure students’ college and career readiness, while remaining flexible enough to reflect local education priorities.

The RFI requests respondents to provide written feedback on:

  • Sector capacity to offer some or all of the proposed components of the potential model
  • Suggested modifications to the proposed model
  • Timeline to operationalize the proposed model
  • Additional considerations to factor when refining the proposed model

As was first announced in November and agreed upon by the board in February, the consortium states are seeking to create a new model that:

  • Expands access to the highest-quality test content to all states;
  • allows states more choices and the ability to customize their test;
  • maintains test quality and comparability across states;
  • allows for and enables state collaboration on content creation;
  • ensures states benefit from economies of scale; and
  • creates stability and sustainability for states in the development and delivery of high quality assessments.


Pioneers in Higher Education

A growing number of colleges and universities are incorporating the use of PARCC high school assessment scores into their campus placement policies—alongside traditional tools such as Accuplacer, SAT, and ACT—to allow students who attain a certain proficiency level on the assessments (e.g., Level 4 on Algebra II) to be exempt from remedial classes. These institutions are committed to the goal of offering high school students the opportunity to use their scores from the final PARCC high school math and English language arts tests to establish their readiness for entry-level, college-credit bearing courses.

By using students' performance in on PARCC in high school to measure college readiness, these institutions are providing students with clear early indicators of how they need to perform in high school to avoid remediation and enter directly into college-credit bearing courses. With this knowledge in hand, students will be empowered to take action to increase their level of college preparation prior to high school graduation and avoid costly remediation. Students who perform very well on these assessments in 10th or 11th grade may choose to take even more challenging college preparation or dual credit/dual enrollment courses during their senior year.

PARCC College Readiness Adoptees

The following Institutions and systems of higher education have signed policies that formally guide the incorporation of the PARCC assessments into their placement policies and practices:

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Working with the Post-Secondary System

Since 2011, PARCC has been working with postsecondary system and campus leaders in each state to ensure postsecondary participation in the development of the PARCC assessments and prepare higher education systems to incorporate the PARCC assessments into their placement policies and practices.

With over a third of all students require remedial courses when enrolling in public two- and four-year institutions of higher education, it is clear there is a disconnect between the knowledge and skills students have when they graduate from high school and what they need for success in first-year college, credit-bearing courses. The PARCC assessment system is designed to address this disconnect by providing students with clear indicators of college readiness while they are in high school. By providing students with information about whether they are on track, students and K-12 education systems will have the opportunity to address readiness gaps well before students graduate.

State postsecondary systems ultimately intend to use these tests as a measure of college readiness and to exempt students from remedial courses. 

 

Participation in the Design Process

Postsecondary content experts and faculty in mathematics and English language arts/literacy have been working with their K-12 colleagues to design and develop PARCC’s high school assessments. They will continue to participate in item review, validation research, and performance level setting, as well as determining how best to incorporate the PARCC assessments into placement policies and practices.
 

National-Level Participation

In 2011, PARCC established the Advisory Committee on College Readiness to work with the Governing Board to shape the consortium’s strategy for working with higher education systems, institutions, and K-12 systems to set policies for accepting PARCC scores as an indicator of readiness for placement into first-year, credit-bearing, college courses. 

The ACCR and the PARCC Governing Board adopted a College and Career Readiness Determination Policy on October 25, 2012. It describes the academic knowledge, skills, and practices in English language arts/literacy and mathematics students must demonstrate to show they are able to enter directly into and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing courses and relevant technical courses at two- and four-year public institutions of higher education.

Higher education is actively involved in setting performance level standards at all grade levels, which will culminate in summer 2015.

Get Involved!

  • Contact the HELT member in your state to find out how you can become involved.
  • Sign up for PARCC’s newsletter to stay in the loop.
  • Contact your state’s postsecondary or higher education commission, professional association and/or system or institution of higher education to learn more about their efforts to support the standards and PARCC in your state.



Rhode Island AND THE PARCC ASSESSMENTS

Rhode Island is a governing state. 

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Ken Wagner

K-12 State Leads

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Advisory Committee on College Readiness

Jim Purcell, Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

For additional information about Rhode Island and the PARCC Assessments, visit:

New Mexico AND THE PARCC ASSESSMENTS

New Mexico is a governing state. 

Secretary of Education

Hanna Skandera

K-12  State Lead

Gabe Martinez, New Mexico Public Education Department

Advisory Committee on College Readiness

Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary of Higher Education, New Mexico Higher Education Department

Higher Education Leadership Team

Rick Scott, PARCC Lead, New Mexico Higher Education Department

For additional information about New Mexico and the PARCC Assessments, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

New Jersey AND THE PARCC ASSESSMENTS

New Jersey is a governing state. 

Commissioner of Education

David Hespe

K-12  State Lead

Jeffrey Hauger, Director of Student Learning Assessments, New Jersey Department of Education

Advisory Committee on College Readiness

Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey

Higher Education Leadership Team

Ray Yannuzzi, President, Camden Community College

For additional information about New Jersey and the PARCC Assessments, visit the New Jersey Department of Education website.

Massachusetts and the PARCC Assessments

Massachusetts participated fully in the first two years of PARCC administration, and will be using PARCC content for much of their 2016-17 state assessments. Massachusetts is not a governing state. 

Commissioner of Education

Mitchell Chester

K-12  State Lead

Michol Stapel, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Advisory Committee on College Readiness

Dr. Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education


Higher Education Leadership Team

Susan Lane, Senior Director for P-16 Alignment and Engagement, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

For additional information about Massachusetts and the PARCC Assessments, visit:

  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website
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Maryland AND THE PARCC ASSESSMENTS

Maryland is a governing state. 

State Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Karen Salmon


K-12  State Leads 

Dr. Doug Strader, Assessment Director, Maryland State Department of Education


Advisory Committee on College Readiness

Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D., Acting Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Higher Education Leadership Team

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Jennifer Frank, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission

For additional information about Maryland and the PARCC Assessments, visit the Maryland State Department of Education website.

 


Louisiana AND THE PARCC ASSESSMENTS

Louisiana administered the PARCC assessment on paper only in 2014-15; Louisiana’s 2015-16 end-of-year assessment is made up of a substantial portion (nearly half) of PARCC items. Louisiana is not a governing state.

State Superintendent

John White

Director of Assessment

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For additional information about Louisiana and the PARCC Assessments, visit the Louisiana Department of Education website. 

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