What is PARCC?
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a computer-based assessment with a paper/pencil option. It measures Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy Skills to determine whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers and if students are meeting the new Common Core State Standards. All Melrose students in grades 3-8 will be taking the paper/pencil version of PRACC this year.
English Language Arts PARCC
The English Language Arts Performance Based Assessment (PBA) focuses on writing and analytical skills, and is primarily hand-scored by people. The second part, the End of Year Assessment (EOY), which is computer-scored, targets reading comprehension. Combined, the two parts provide an important assessment of your child’s knowledge, skills, and ability to think critically.
Math Language Arts PARCC
The Math Performance Based Assessment (PBA) will ask students to solve problems involving the key knowledge and skills for their grade level, as identified by the Common Core State Standards. In addition, students must express mathematical reasoning, construct a mathematical argument, and apply concepts to solve real-world problems.
The Math End of Year (EOY) Assessments will be comprised primarily of short-answer questions focused on conceptual knowledge, skills, and understandings.
What information will parent receive?
PARCC score reports are designed to identify where a student needs help or is excelling by providing more and better information to teachers and parents so they can enhance instruction to meet individual student needs. During the first year of PARCC administration (2014-2015 school year), score reports will be released in fall 2015.
For More Information on Parent Score Reports:
For More Information on PARCC:
- Overview of MCAS and PARCC 2016
- 10 Things Parents Should Know About PARCC
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Core and PARCC
- PARCC Frequently Asked Questions
- What Are Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- You can find sample computer- and paper-based tests, in both ELA and Math at www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples