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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Friday, December 2, 2016


For the second year in a row, the PARCC consortium has released a new batch of authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessments for grades 3 through 8. The test items, which are actual questions and subject-matter examples from last year’s assessments and can be found on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), are designed to provide students, teachers, and parents with unparalleled transparency about the tests and to serve as a resource to prepare for the upcoming spring assessments.

The released assessment items, in PDF format, represent approximately one full test per grade level, for both English Language Arts/literacy and mathematics. Also posted on the PRC are scoring rubrics associated with the test questions, along with learning standards guidelines that demonstrate specifically which competencies are being measured by each question. For the open-ended writing portions of the PARCC assessments, there are anonymous student responses for each of the five PARCC scoring levels, to provide the most accurate representations of what kinds of answers will earn various scores.

The released items on the PRC are available to the public without any login or registration requirements. While the released items for high school-level assessments will be made available in January 2017, visitors to the PRC can still view assessment tools and authentic questions from the 2014-15 administration of high school tests.

Additional information is available about the individual score releases on; individual school districts across the consortium made those score reports available to students earlier this year.


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) 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 academic work 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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