Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
This spring, the State of Illinois is rolling out a new state-administered test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or as you may have already heard it called, PARCC.
The new PARCC will replace the ISAT and PSAE. PARCC will be administered to students in grades three through eight, students enrolled in Freshman English and students enrolled in Algebra 1.
PARCC is aligned to the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math and could be used to gauge how well students are mastering the new standards.
Each school will administer the assessment during various testing windows. Your school principal will notify you of your student's testing schedule. As a District, we have requested the PARCC paper option as there has been some concern with the PARCC software chosen by the State of Illinois.
The PARCC assessment will require more testing time than the ISAT and PSAE and will be divided into two administrations in March and May. Overall testing times fluctuate depending on grade level, but the PARCC assessment allots an average of 13 - 15 hours, extended over several days and two testing windows.
On February 5, Faith Dahlquist presented a PARCC Overview to District 200 parents. You can view that presentation below.