Career and College Readiness for the Next Generation
Arizona’s Common Core Standards (ACCS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics call on students to apply their skills and knowledge in ways demanded by colleges, careers and citizenship in the 21st century. The next-generation assessment system envisioned by PARCC will have several benefits not found in current assessment systems including benefits to:
- students, who will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college and careers;
- teachers, who will receive regular results to guide learning and instruction;
- parents, who will have clear and timely information about the progress of their children;
- states, who will have valid results that are comparable across the member states, and;
- the nation, since the assessments are based on the college- and career-ready, internationally-benchmarked CCSS.
The PARCC assessment have six priority purposes, which are driving the design of the system
The priority purposes of PARCC Assessments are:
- Determine whether students are college- and career-ready or on track
- Assess the full range of the Common Core Standards, including standards that are difficult to measure
- Measure the full range of student performance, including the performance high- and low-performing students
- Provide data during the academic year to inform instruction, interventions and professional development
- Provide data for accountability, including measures of growth
- Incorporate innovative approaches throughout the assessment system
- Two summative, required assessment components designed to:
- Make “college- and career-readiness” and “on-track” determinations,
- Measure the full range of standards and full performance continuum, and
- Provide data for accountability uses, including measures of growth.
- Two non-summative, optional assessment components designed to:
- Generate timely information for informing instruction, interventions, and professional development during the school year.
- A third non-summative component in English language arts/literacy will assess students’ speaking and listening skills
PARCC will also use technology throughout the design and implementation of the assessment system. The overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced, computer-scored items. The PARCC assessments will be administered via computer, and a combination of automated scoring and human scoring will be employed.
Click here for more information about the vision of PARCC: Career and College Readiness for the Next Generation.
- Assessment Administration Guidance – website
- PARCC Capacity Planning Tool (03/2013)
- PARCC Assessment Administration Guidance and Capacity Planning Tool FAQ (03/2013)
- User’s Guide for PARCC Assessment Administration Capacity Planning Tool (03/2013)
- PARCC Assessment Administration Guidance (03/2013)
- PARCC Timeline for Future Guidance (03/2013)