This is the first year of PARCC standardized tests. Testing begins in early March for grades 3-5.

Maryland begins full implementation of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) state assessments in reading and mathematics this school year (2014-15). The new assessments replace the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) in English and mathematics in grades 3-8.

The new PARCC assessments are aligned to the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, Testing mousedeveloped from the Common Core and fully implemented during the 2013-14 school year. PARCC will provide comparability across states, and be able to assess and measure higher-order skills such as critical thinking, communications, and problem solving. The assessments will be computer-based and include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced items.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

The website of the Maryland Department of Education has information about PARCC tests for parents at http://marylandpublicschools.org/msde/programs/parcc/parents/ You may also download an overview of PARCC for parents in English or Spanish.

prepareforparccThere are tutorials available online. The purpose of these is to familiarize students with the computer based testing format and to gain familiarity with the technology platform. See http://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/ .

Students can also take practice tests. They are available at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/ .

Today, February 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Secondary Schools) and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Elementary Schools), academic specialists will provide students with testing strategies and answer questions about the upcoming PARCC exam. This will be live on 96 Comcast/38 Verizon. Tweet questions to @PGCPS #PrepareforPARCC