Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers | PARCC
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers


The state summative English language arts/literacy tests are available in Grades 3-8 and high school. Students read and analyze passages from real texts — fiction and non-fiction — and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they’ve learned from the passages and multi-media to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace.

In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span — in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.

PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including high-level assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the state summative assessments.

PARCC reports results according to five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and practices students are able to demonstrate:

  • Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
  • Level 2: Partially met expectations
  • Level 3: Approached expectations
  • Level 4: Met expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeded expectations

Performance level descriptors describe what a typical student at each level should be able to demonstrate based on his/her command of grade-level standards.

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