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

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.

The PARCC Vision

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:

  • Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students,
  • Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,
  • Supports educators in the classroom,
  • Makes better use of technology in assessments, and
  • Advances accountability at all levels.

Current PARCC States PARCC Timeline

PARCC Timeline

For more information on PARCC you can visit their website at http://www.parcconline.org/

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2 comments on “What is PARCC?

  1. Pingback: PARCC Assessment System, part I « PARCC in Massachusetts

  2. EC
    March 21, 2013

    I’m trying to find out whether there will be more, less, or the same amount of testing done each year when we switch from MCAS to PARCC. You’d think this information would be out there–but I haven’t found it.

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