PARCC is a student assessment created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium. It is an initiative focused on developing new tests to measure student proficiency levels effectively. The PARCC assessment aligns with common core state standards and is the state student assessment used in New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of several states that work together to develop and administer standardized assessments for students. Currently, five states are members of the PARCC initiative and use the standard set of K–12 Mathematics and English assessments developed by the consortium.
PARCC tests will assess students’ proficiency in the English Language Arts and Math standards.
The PARCC assessment
Passing PARCC is not required to advance from one grade to the next. Local schools may use PARCC results as one of many measures to determine class placements, such as gifted or remediation and afterschool programs.
No. Your child’s school will not lose state or federal funding because you refuse PARCC. No federal law penalizes schools if parents do not allow their children to take the PARCC tests. However, the US Department of Education has threatened to withhold a small amount of state administrative funding if states did not take action to reduce high stakes test refusal rates.
PARCC scale scores range from 650 to 850 for all tests. Additionally, PARCC English language arts/literacy reports provide separate scale scores for both Reading and Writing. PARCC Reading scale scores range from 10 to 90 and PARCC Writing scale scores range from 10 to 60.