The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
What is PARCC?
PARCC is a new, more rigorous assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (reading) and Math. The PARCC is a computer-based assessment that requires students to think critically and solve real world problems. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. The PARCC will replace the DC CAS in the 2014/2015 school year. DCPS students in grades 3-8 and HS students enrolled in subjects identified by the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will take the PARCC Assessment.
Why are we switching to PARCC?
Our goal is to ensure that all of our students are on track to be ready for college and career after high school. The PARCC matches the high expectations of the new CCSS standards and assesses the skills necessary for success in college, career and life. The PARCC will give students, parents and teachers specific feedback about whether or not students are on track or off track for college and career and what extra support they need.
What are the main differences between the DC CAS and PARCC?
Why are there two testing windows for PARCC?
There will be two longer testing windows for the PARCC Assessment. The longer window provides schools with the flexibility to schedule testing in a way that makes the most sense for their students and teachers. It does NOT indicate that the test is longer. There are two windows instead of one because there are two parts for both reading and math called the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year Assessment (EOY). (See below “What are the parts of the PARCC assessment?” for more information about the PBA and EOY assessments)
What are the parts of the PARCC assessment?
In the 2014-2015 school year DCPS students in grades 3 - 8 and HS will take the summative PARCC assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
In the elementary grades ELA and math will each have two parts.
- Students will take the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) in March and April.
- The ELA PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text and have a narrative writing task. Students will read multiple texts and write several responses to demonstrate their ability to read, understand, and analyze complex texts independently and pull information from several sources when writing.
- The math PBA will focus on applying skills and concepts to solve multi-step real world problems and construct and express a mathematical argument.
- Students will take the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) in May.
- The ELA EOY will focus on reading comprehension.
- The math EOY will focus on mathematical reasoning.
The results from the PBA and the EOY will be combined to produce a student’s summative assessment score.
Why won’t results be used for teacher evaluations (IMPACT)?
For the past four years DCPS has used students’ DC CAS data to calculate “value-added” scores as part of teachers’ overall evaluation. DCPS has decided to hold for one year, acknowledging that the data from the new test may not be available in time for the school system to generate final teacher ratings by mid-summer, when it traditionally informs educators of their scores. DCPS will return to using value-added measurements during the 2015-16 school year. You can see the Chancellors full statement here.
Where can I find more information about PARCC?
This is the official PARCC website and here is a more extensive FAQ.