This session provides an overview of the design of the PARCC assessments and describes the research studies and resources PARCC has or plans to develop to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).* This is a one-hour session with the option to remain in the room for informal discussion after the presentation.
The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) is a consortium of 24 states that received a Race to the Top Assessment Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2010 to build a next-generation student assessment system. The assessments will be based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and target students in grades 3–11. This presentation (1) provides an overview of the design of the assessments, including their primary purposes, key features of tests, and the “claims” about student performance that the tests will report; (2) describes the research studies planned for 2013 and 2014 that are designed to inform implementation of the assessments in 2015; and (3) describes the resources PARCC has or plans to develop to support the implementation of the CCSS, including a rubric and protocol for evaluating the quality of local, state, and commercially available instructional materials with respect to alignment to the focus and rigor of the CCSS.