In spring 2015, District of Columbia students took the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments for the first time. The new assessment, which replaced the DC CAS annual assessment, is more rigorous and designed to measure students’ readiness for college and career.
OSSE released DC-wide and school-level results on Oct. 27 for high school assessments and Nov. 30 for grades 3-8 (see results here). Individual students’ results will be sent home in December. For the 2015-16 school year, results will be released in summer 2016.
Parents, educators, and local educational agencies (LEAs) can find resources to support the release of PARCC results below. Check back for updates.
PARCC Resources for Parents
Results.OSSE.dc.gov: This interactive platform allows parents and other members of the community to explore 2015 next generation assessment results. On this site, users can view school, district, and DC level information on DC assessment performance. Many of the graphs and reports on this page allow users to select options to look at data in different ways.
DC PARCC Score Report Video: This video for families explains DC’s new assessment for English Language Arts and mathematics, PARCC, and walks through each element of the PARCC student score reports for the 2015 test results. Video script also available in Spanish.
Understanding the New PARCC Assessment: One-page explanation of what PARCC is, why it matters, how it is different from prior assessments, when scores will be available, and how scores will be used. Also available en Español.
PARCC Overview: PowerPoint with context on how PARCC establishes a new baseline, meaning that this is the first year of the test and we will measure future progress against this year.
Parent Guide to Understanding Student Score Reports: Resource to help families prepare for and understand individual student reports that will be available in December 2015. Also available en Español, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), and French.
Sample Student Score Reports: Mock ups of the math and English language arts PARCC student score reports that families will receive in December. These new score reports will provide students, families, and educators with more detailed information about where a student did well or needs more support. See translated math score reports and translated ELA score reports.
PARCC Resources for Educators
- Released Test Items and Professional Development Tools: To give educators a powerful tool for classroom teaching and learning, the PARCC states released test items used during the spring 2015 PARCC assessment. The PARCC Partnership Resource Center library includes 850 assessment items, scoring rubrics, and sample scored and annotated student responses in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grade 3 through high school. In addition to the released items, the PARCC Partnership Resource Center features professional learning tools and other resources to support educators and families.