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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Monday, December 7, 2015


Based on student test scores: what kids need to learn and how parents can help

PARCC states have partnered with GreatSchools to launch the GreatKids Test Guide for Parents, a new resource to assist parents in helping their children prepare academically for college and careers, and for the next grade level. The guide can be found at, a website dedicated to helping parents better understand their children’s scores, and also on the PARCC website in the Parent Resources section.

“GreatSchools helps families be more engaged in their children’s education by providing them with valuable tools to help continue learning and growth at home,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education. “New Mexico, PARCC and GreatSchools share the same goal — helping all students reach their full potential.”

GreatSchools developed the Test Guide as a roadmap for parents. The Guide gives them information about what a child needs to know at each grade level and how parents can help their children succeed academically, based on how their child performed on the PARCC assessment. The Guide, developed in collaboration with teachers at each grade level, explains what knowledge and skills are needed for each area of the test and which parts are especially tough for kids. It offers easy ways to boost a child’s skills at home.

“At GreatSchools, we know parents simply want to understand what the test scores mean and how they can use that information to guide their children to academic success,” said Bill Jackson, CEO and founder of GreatSchools. “Our guide breaks down the scores in a way that is easy to understand and provides concrete tips so teachers and parents can work together to support their children.”

The GreatKids Test Guide is just one of the many tools the PARCC states have made available for teachers, families and students. In October, the states that make up the Partnership released test questions from this year’s PARCC assessments to give teachers a powerful tool to inform classroom instruction and to give parents insight into the types of questions students see on the test. The released questions include scored sample student responses and scoring rubrics, and show the standard(s) associated with each test question.

About GreatSchools
Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find quality schools, support great learning and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos and worksheets to help parents support their children's learning. Last year, more than 59 million unique visitors accessed the GreatSchools website including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country. Through its GreatKids initiatives, GreatSchools promotes teacher-parent collaboration and supports parenting for education success.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a group of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next grade and ultimately, in college and their careers. These assessments were designed from the ground up by educators to be different than previous state tests and to evaluate not only knowledge, but also important skills like critical thinking, problem solving and effective communications. The assessments provide critical information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.

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