The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and
Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of
assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in
college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments
in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools,
students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their
learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers
customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be ready
for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
PARCC is based on the core belief that assessment should
work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are
aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they
ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by
measuring what students should know at each grade level. They will also provide
parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be
falling behind and need extra help.