The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of assessments in English and mathematics aligned to the Common Core Standards. These new 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 administered 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.
PARCC states have committed to building an 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 Standards,
- Supports educators in the classroom,
- Makes better use of technology in assessments, and
- Advances accountability at all levels.
PARCC States include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee
Rhode Island's Assessment Transition
The current statewide assessment - the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) - in mathematics, reading, and writing will continue to be implemented for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years. Follow the link below to a document the outlines the changes to the GLEs that will be assessed by the NECAP during this transition phase. The new statewide assessment (PARCC) will be implemented starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Please note that the Science GSEs are still in effect and that the Science NECAP will take place as scheduled.
Model Content Frameworks
PARCC has publically released the Model Content Frameworks in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. These frameworks provide support and guidance for implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The frameworks will be used to inform the development of item specifications and blueprints for K-12 assessments in English and mathematics. Specifically, they:
- identify the big ideas in the Common Core Standards for each grade level (3 - 11),
- help determine the focus for the assessment components, and
- inform the design and development of PARCC assessments.