The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is an assessment to measure student achievement in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics based on the learning standards expressed by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 3-8.
The PARCC test is designed to assess students’ current performance in English language arts and math and to point to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career. The tests are computer-based and use interactive questions to determine whether students have mastered the fundamentals, as well as higher order skills - such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analyzing sources to write arguments and informational essays – skills not easily assessed by traditional multiple-choice tests.
Frequently Asked Questions about PARCC:
When will the PARCC assessment be given?
PARCC will be administered to District 47 students in grades 3-8 in the spring of each school year. For the current District assessment calendar, click here. Note: PARCC testing schedules vary by school.
How much time will my child spend taking the PARCC test?
In total, students will take three to four units in each subject depending on the grade level and will typically take one or two units on any given day. Depending on the grade level and subject, students will have between 60 and 110 minutes to complete each unit, although many will finish in much less time.
How will the PARCC test be administered?
District 47 students take the PARCC test on a computer or other electronic device.
When do we get results back?
PARCC student reports are typically sent home by the end of September each school year.
How do I interpret the results? The document below is a resource provided by the Illinois State Board of Education to help parents interpret and understand the PARCC student score reports.
Who do I talk to about my child's PARCC scores?
If you have questions about your child’s scores, first talk to his or her teacher(s) or a school administrator. The PARCC test results can serve as a guide in a discussion about additional support or challenges your child may need in class, as well as other ways to support your child at home. You can learn more on the PARCC website at http://www.parcconline.org/
How can I help my child prepare for the PARCC test?
Parents can access the following links to help their child prepare for PARCC assessments:
- Sample items- Use the sample items to try out test questions on the technology platform that students will use when taking the computer-based tests. http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items/
- Practice tests- Use the practice tests to simulate the experience of taking a PARCC test. http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/
- Tutorials- The purpose of the tutorials is to demonstrate the navigation and tools available for computer-based assessments. Tutorials are also available to familiarize students with using the accommodated features, the navigation and tools in TestNav, and the online delivery system for the assessment. http://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/