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What Is PARCC?

By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 05:32 PM

PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a group of states that have created a standardized test that meets the universal state education standards of Common Core. The exam itself also is often referred to as the PARCC.

The states that contributed to the development of PARCC were Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.

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The PARCC offers examinations in English and mathematics, taken annually in third through eighth grade and in three grades at the high school level. PARCC also offers formative tests for kindergarten through second grade. The exams may be taken up to three times throughout the year in order to track progress, according to Fair Test.

Exams are mostly multiple choice, although multi-step math equations, short answer, and essay questions are included. PARCC includes a speaking and listening examination in high school.

The exams are done online, and the organization said it hopes doing the exam electronically will help in obtaining results faster for educators and students. In 2015, the first year for the assessment, traditional paper and pencil tests were offered, too.

The PARCC test is designed to measure student achievement and track whether or not students are on the path to graduation and being successful in the post-grade school life. The exam also provides information to educators so they know in which areas to focus to better help students excel.

The tests are all in English, although there are accommodations provided with the exam for students with disabilities or those who are English-language learners.

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After PARCC was used for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year, some administrators have expressed excitement about the new direction of education while a few states are dropping the exam completely, The Washington Post reported. Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Ohio have ditched the PARCC.

The first year it was used, technical glitches arose and many complained about its length. Additionally, the test publisher Pearson came under fire for how it cracked down on cheating through social media.

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