ABOUT THE PARCC ASSESSMENT
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is the District of Columbia's annual assessment that replaced the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) in the 2014-15 school year.
DC students in grades 3 through 8 and high school take PARCC assessments in ELA and Mathematics online each spring.
For the second year in a row in DC, the PARCC assessments have measured 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. The PARCC assessments are designed to help families and teachers better understand the progress students made during the school year.
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. A student's PARCC scores can be used to guide teachers’ instruction so they can provide additional support or more challenging work when needed. Scores can also be used to focus learning time at home.
To learn more about the PARCC assessment and resources available to educators and families, please explore the options above.