General Information: PARCC
The PARCC Tests
Modern, high-Quality assessments
The PARCC assessment system is an annual year-end test in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school.
Most states voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in 2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them since then in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning.
Many of the old state tests measured only lower-level skills. The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," measure students’ current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career.
Recent independent studies have found PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.
- Take a practice test
- What’s different about the PARCC tests?
- Glossary of PARCC assessment terms
- Learn about accommodations
- Visit UnderstandTheScore.org
- PARCC Parent Checklist
- ELA and Math Sample Score Reports (2015-16)
- ELA Parent Guide for Score Report (2015-16)
- Math Parent Guide for Score Report (2015-16)
- ELA/Math Parent Guide for Score Report (Spanish 2015-16)
- PARCC Performance Level Setting Handout
- PARCC Performance Level Setting Handout (Spanish)
- PARCC Performance Level Setting PPT
- PARCC Performance Level Setting PPT (Spanish)
- PARCC Timeline Graphic
- PARCC Timeline Graphic (Spanish)
GreatKids Test Guide for Parents provides families with students in grades 3-8 with customizable information by state and grade level that will help them better understand what their child was tested on and how to support their learning. The Guide, created in collaboration with teachers at each grade level, explains what knowledge and skills are needed grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject. Also available en Espanol.
Be a Learning Hero helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country so they can help their children be successful in school. They provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.
UnderstandtheScore.org is a collaborative resource designed to help parents most effectively intepret their child's score report. It features information about the assessments, along with resources that will help parents assist their children on the journey to college and career readiness.
TRANSLATED SCORE REPORTS
PARCC has translated the sample score reports for all grade levels into 11 different languages, and both parents and educators may access them here.
PARENT RESOURCES DEVELOPED BY EDUCATORS
The materials located below have been developed by educators to provide parents a better understanding of the PARCC assessments. While these materials have been developed to inform parents, they may also be customized for presentations by local parent organizations and other stakeholder groups. Areas for customization are colored red within the documents and each resource was developed with a specific grade band — elementary, middle or high school — in mind.
Overview Powerpoint Template