PARCC in Massachusetts

One teacher's attempt to connect with other educators across Massachusetts and beyond and provide relevant, up-to-date, and sometime helpful information on next generation assessments, common core state standards implementation, and college and career ready initiatives

Summary of PARCC in MA

Massachusetts is a Governing State in PARCC Consortium

Commissioner Mitchell Chester currently serves as the Chair of the PARCC Governing Board.  Bob Bickerton, Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Massachusetts. Aundrea Kelley, Deputy Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.

For all general inquiries on PARCC activities in Massachusetts, please

State Commitment to College and Career Readiness

Massachusetts has been actively engaged in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. In August 2010, Massachusetts became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and was a founding Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  Leaders from Massachusetts’ K-12 and higher education communities were deeply engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

All of Massachusetts’ public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 100% of the freshman entering public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. See a full list of participating institutions here.


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The opinion expressed within each post is my own and is not a reflection of the Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, PARCC, or any other body.

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