The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is the District of Columbia's annual assessment of mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The PARCC assessments measure the knowledge and skills that matter most for students — understanding complex texts, evidence-based writing, mathematical problem-solving — all skills that lead to confidence and success in key academic areas.
Students in grades 3 through 8 and high school take PARCC assessments in ELA and mathematics online each spring. PARCC results are one of several measures — including report card grades, classroom performance, and teacher feedback — that together create a broader picture of a child’s progress.
To learn more about the PARCC assessment and resources available to educators and families, please explore the resources below.
PARCC assessments were built to assess the Common Core State Standards. To better understand the structure and content of the assessment, the PARCC website provides ELA test specification documents and mathematics test specification documents to the public. These documents include claims structures and test blueprints that outline the goals and format of the assessment and evidence statements the link the assessment content to CCSS.
To give educators a powerful tool for classroom teaching and learning, the PARCC states released test items which were used during the spring 2015 and 2016 PARCC assessments. The PARCC Partnership Resource Center library includes assessment items, scoring rubrics, and sample scored and annotated student responses in both ELA and mathematics for grade 3 through high school.
Practice Tests and Tutorials
Resources have been developed to allow students, families, and educators to experience the computer-based format, item types, and technology features on the PARCC assessment. The practice site includes the following: Tutorials; Practice Tests; Sample Items.
Accessibility for All Students
OSSE is committed to providing equitable assessment opportunities for students in the District of Columbia. The PARCC assessment includes a wide range of accommodations and accessibility features that can be administered to support students. More information can be found on OSSE’s Testing Accommodations page and the PARCC website.
Results.OSSE.dc.gov is an interactive platform that allows visitors to explore assessment results. On this site, users can view school-, local education agency- (LEA), and DC-level information on DC assessment performance. Users may view PARCC results, results from DC’s alternate assessment, MSAA, or the combined results by making selections in the data settings.
The Parent Guide to Understanding 2016 Student Score Reports is a resource to help families prepare for and understand the individual student reports. Available in English, Español, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), and French. An MSAA score report guide is available here.
The PARCC sample mathematics score report provides students, families, and educators with more detailed information about where a student did well or needs more support in mathematics. Available in English, Español, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), and French. An MSAA sample mathematics score report is available here.
The PARCC ELA sample score report provide students, families, and educators with more detailed information about where a student did well or needs more support in ELA. Available in English, Español, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), and French. An MSAA sample ELA score report is available here.
When families receive their students’ PARCC score reports, they may have questions for their students’ teachers and principals. The 2016 PARCC Frequently Asked Questions for Families guide provides answers to some of the most common questions teachers and school leaders can anticipate from families and students.
Contact the OSSE Assessment Team
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