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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
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PARCC Consortium

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


Last Updated: August 9, 2016
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