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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers


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PARCC Overview

On November 17, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the Commissioner's recommended plan for transitioning to a next-generation MCAS test. This plan includes the following details for spring 2016:

  • districts that administered PARCC in grades 3–8 in spring 2015 will do so again in 2016, and
  • districts that administered MCAS in grades 3–8 in spring 2015 have the opportunity to administer MCAS again in spring 2016, or may choose to administer PARCC for grades 3–8 only.

Massachusetts has assumed a significant leadership role in the design and development of the PARCC Assessments.

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Board of Education Documents for PARCC/MCAS Decision
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Fall 2015 BESE PARCC Discussion and Related Documents
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Spring 2015 PARCC/MCAS District Assessment Decision Update

For Parents

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Understanding the PARCC Score Report
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Understanding Your Child's Test Results
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10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Common Core State Standards and PARCC
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What are standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments
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Transitioning curriculum and instruction to the frameworks
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Remedial education rates at Massachusetts public colleges
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The 2-Year PARCC "Test Drive": What to Expect for the 2015-16 School Year
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10 Things Parents Should Know about PARCC

For Educators and Administrators

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Technology Readiness: Guidelines for Devices and Infrastructure; Key Changes for 2016
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Student Assessment : Next Steps - Guidance for School and District Leaders
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2015–2016 PARCC & MCAS FAQs for Administrators and Educators
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PARCC Piktochart: Choosing an Assessment
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PARCC Piktochart: What is PARCC?
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Sample Student Assessment Presentation for Districts
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Template: District Letter to Parents Explaining State Score Release
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PARCC Question and Answer on Time
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MCAS and PARCC: How We Will Compare Results
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MCAS and PARCC: Sustaining a Reliable Growth Measure

2015 PARCC/MCAS Choice Materials

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Rennie Report Case Studies of PARCC Trials
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Who's taking PARCC this year?
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PARCC/MCAS Choice: Why PARCC in 2015?
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2015 PARCC/MCAS Choice (includes "hold harmless" details)
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ESE Support for Districts that Choose PARCC


Last Updated: May 16, 2016
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