Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Manual

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual The sixth edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual is a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC summative assessments provide valid results for all participating students. The sixth edition of the manual includes additional information on: the […]

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A Different Kind of Test

Looking for correct answers as well as comprehension The way some PARCC test questions are asked may look unfamiliar. While an old test was looking for the right answer, these tests are also looking for evidence that the student understands and can apply concepts. There’s no better way to see the difference than to look […]

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Answer Keys

English Language Arts/Literacy Answer Keys Below are the answer keys and alignment documents. Be sure to use the correct answer key. There are slight differences between the online and paper versions of the practice tests, and therefore slight differences in the answer keys. Online Practice Test Answer Keys Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade […]

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Practice Tests

Try out a practice test to become familiar with the online format and the types of questions on the new tests. Before you get started: Do you have the right tools? The PARCC tests are administered online, although paper-and-pencil versions will be available for schools that are not yet ready for the computer-based version. Make […]

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Accessibility

Universal Design Principles at work PARCC used universal design principles to make the new tests as accessible as possible to all students, including English learners and students with disabilities. Universal design is rooted in a set of principles that give all students equal opportunity to show what they know and can do on PARCC assessments. […]

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Test Design

Annual Assessment Design PARCC’s annual assessments are available in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. They serve as the annual tests for most of the grades in the states in which it is administered. The tests were developed over several years by a wide range of educators, researchers, psychometricians, and […]

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Data Privacy and Security

Ensuring Student Data Privacy The PARCC states have developed a consortium-wide policy that ensures the privacy and security of student data. The PARCC consortium policy includes rigorous protections necessary to ensure that PARCC and PARCC contractors: Only have access to personally identifiable student information when authorized by a state agency to use that data for […]

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Assessments

Next Generation Assessments All students, regardless of income, family background or geography, should have equal access to a world-class education that will prepare them for success after high school. New state standards set consistent expectations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for every student, and the PARCC tests provide a valid and reliable evaluation of […]

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