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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Monday, January 30, 2017


Since its inception, the PARCC consortium has had the utmost commitment to transparency, and to providing parents, teachers, and students with access to data and resources that foster classroom growth. To date, PARCC has published more than 1,300 authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessment season, including more than 50 new items for grades 9 through 11 published today. These newly-released items complement the more than 500 authentic test materials from grades 3 through 8 now available, along with the more than 850 test items from 2014-15 assessments released last year. Altogether, this equates roughly to one full test per grade from each year, in both English language arts and mathematics.
The high school-level materials published this week in PDF format include multiple-choice questions from both subjects, along with accompanying answer keys and performance-level descriptors.  This material is designed to show viewers precisely which core competencies are measured for each released item and what is needed for a student to reach each of the five potential scoring levels on the PARCC Summative assessments. In addition, the item release includes reading passages and open-ended response questions from last year’s assessments, along with authentic student responses from each scoring level. 
As with previous item releases, these newly-published marterials are available to the public without any login or registration requirements. 
Additional information about how to interpret individual student score reports is available on; individual school districts across the consortium made score reports from the 2015-16 administration available to students last fall.


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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