PARCC Release of Sample Items

PARCC Release of Sample Items

PARCC is releasing a set of test items in Mathematics and ELA/literacy across grade levels to show educators, parents, students and policymakers what the PARCC test questions will look like. This release of sample items is a key milestone in the development of the PARCC assessments and the items are an important tool for teachers who are implementing the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms. The PARCC assessments are aligned to the new standards and assess whether students are college and career ready or on track toward those goals.

PARCC test questions assess for deeper learning, critical thinking and measure students’ abilities to solve real-world problems–all of which are key skills needed for success in post-secondary career training and college. These samples are designed to show how PARCC is measuring the content – in reading, writing and math. These sample items are being released in PDF form now; they will be interactive in November.

Timeline for Future Releases:

  • October 2013 – PARCC plans to release another set of sample items. In all, these will cover all tested subjects (reading, writing and mathematics) in each grade.
  • November 2013 – PARCC will publicly release revised versions of these items on the actual technology platform in November.
  • Spring 2014 – More items will be released as a practice test, which will be available to everyone—students, teachers, parents—via

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Content Frameworks Module Instructional Unit Samples

Arizona Sample Items and Think-Through Sets

Arizona PARCC at the 2013 ADE Assessment Summit Presentations

Presentations and available downloads from Arizona PARCC at the 2013 Arizona Department of Education’s Assessment Summit.

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Arizona PARCC at Leading Change Conference

Presentations and available downloads from Arizona PARCC at the 2013 Arizona Department of Education’s Leading Change Conference.

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School Readiness Planning – PARCC

computer tablet with stylist penIn March 2013, PARCC released the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance issued in preparation for the Spring 2014 Field Test and the school year 2014-2015 assessment. This tool, an Excel Spreadsheet (.xlsx format), is designed to assist district and school leaders in identifying gaps in assessment administration capacity, including computer-based test taking devices and bandwidth, and exploring possible scenarios for addressing those gaps. 

The PARCC Capacity Planning Tool allows schools to model different levels of testing windows, devices, simultaneous test-takers by grade level, and bandwidth demands, and to check their current and planned strategies against several “rule of thumb” models for determining test-taking configurations and student to device ratio targets.

Printable PDF versions are provided below for review purposes. Calculations need to be performed in the Interactive Version.

As assessment development progresses, PARCC will continue to issue increasingly detailed guidance and online tools to help schools evaluate and prepare their assessment technology infrastructure. As available, further information will be posted to

PARCC Accessibility and Accommodations Manual released July 25, 2013 NEW

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PARCC Accommodations-Public Comments Wanted

Arizona School Leaders and Educators,

Please review and provide feedback on the PARCC Accommodations Manual addressing accommodations for students with disabilities and English Learners. Your feedback is critical and the careful consideration of allowable accommodations will greatly impact our students. PARCC will be accepting public comments from April 18 through May 13, 2013.

The draft  PARCC Accommodations Manual is a comprehensive policy document that will support local educators in the selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations for the assessment of SWD and ELs on the PARCC End-of-Year, Performance-Based, and Mid-Year assessment components.

The majority of the proposed accommodations policies in the Manual are currently in use across PARCC states. What is different from many current state accommodations manuals, however, is that the draft PARCC Manual includes not only proposed participation and accommodations policies for SWD and ELs, but also information about tools that will be provided through PARCC’s computer-based assessment delivery system for all students to optimize their performance on the assessments.

The purpose of the stakeholder input process is to engage and encourage feedback from critical stakeholders to meet four specific objectives:

  • Strengthen the draft PARCC Accommodations Manual through strong and targeted feedback from multiple perspectives.
  • Build awareness and understanding of the draft Manual among critical stakeholders in states.
  • Encourage support and buy-in of the draft Manual by giving critical players and the public the opportunity to engage in the development process.
  • Inform the decisions of Governing Board when they vote to adopt the  PARCC Accommodations Manual on June 26, 2013.

After the public comment period, PARCC will review and analyze stakeholder feedback in order to make necessary changes to finalize the Manual. The full PARCC Governing Board will be asked to vote on the adoption of the final first edition of the Manual on June 26, 2013.

There are separate surveys for EL and SWD accommodations to be completed following your review at this link to the PARCC website:

PARCC welcomes your feedback on the draft PARCC Accommodations Manual:

  • To share your comments on the proposed accommodations policies for students with disabilities, please complete the feedback survey CLICK HERE.
  • To share your comments on the proposed accommodations policies for English learners, please complete the feedback survey CLICK HERE.
  • To share comments on both sections of the Manual, please complete both surveys.


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If you have any questions please call the Assessment Section at 602.542.5031. 
Thank you for taking the time to review this important document.

TechReadiness Tool – Webinars

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Webinar Information


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Getting Started with the TechReadiness Tool WebinarJune 4, 2013

Completing Your Data in the TechReadiness Tool WebinarJune 2, 2013

Reviewing and Updating Your Completed Data in the TechReadiness Tool Webinar – May30, 2013


How to Use the TechReadiness Tool Webinar February 2013


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Arizona’s PARCC Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) District Admin Training (Recorded & updated 05/01/2012)

Initial training on the role of the District Administrator for the PARCC Technology Readiness Tool.
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TechReadiness Tool – FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs / Answer Center – Updates – Ongoing

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FAQs from TechReadiness: An FAQ document is posted to

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TechReadiness Tool – Additional Information

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Additional Information

Pearson Customer Service: (888) 323-8757

Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment (SETDA 12/2012)

March 16, 2012: 1st notice sent to Superintendents, Charter Holders, and IT/Ed Tech Directors

Guidance designed to inform schools and districts for new hardware purchases is available here.

View the Online Training Module for the Technology Readiness Tool. The online training is available at (updated January 2013) The training will give step-by-step instructions for using the tool.

Review the User’s Guide: A guide to assist you as you use the tool is available at (updated January 2013)

Understanding and Interpreting Reports  (January 2013) is designed to help address the challenges and leverage the opportunities of next-generation assessment systems powered by technology.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SEDTA) released a draft white paper – Technology Requirements for Large-Scale Computer-Based and Online Assessment: Current Status and Issues – to provide guidance on the “nuts and bolts” of the technology requirements necessary for both PARCC and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The workbook uses a proven performance management methodology known as “delivery” to lay out clear action steps for states and districts. It provides relevant information, case stories of good practice, key questions and hands-on exercises for leadership teams to complete together. You may download Chapter 7: Take Action: Implementation Action III, Transition Technology and System Assessment here.

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