What is PARCC?
PARCC is the new Common Core assessments that will be replacing TCAP. The assessments will be online, which is what makes them really different from how schools have been handling assessments. PARCC stands for "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers".
For more information about PARCC, visit their website.
For examples of what the assessment will look like, visit their Item and Task Prototypes.
When is it coming?
The PARCC assessments will be the official assessment in Spring of 2015. But there will be several steps along the way that have similar technical requirements. Here is a rough schedule based on our best information at this time:
- Spring 2013 - CDE Pilot for Science and Social Studies. This will involve 20 schools. Science will be assessed in grades 5 and 8. Social Studies will be assessed for grades 4 and 7.
- Fall 2013 - CDE Pilot for Science and Social Studies for grade 12. More information to come.
- Spring 2014 - State Assessment Online for Science and Social Studies. This will involve all schools. More information to come.
- Spring 2014 - PARCC Pilot. More information to come.
- Fall 2014 - State Assessment Online for Science and Social Studies for grade 12. This will involve all high schools. More information to come.
- Spring 2015 - PARCC Assessments
What do we need to do to get ready?
Start planning to have enough student devices to take the assessments. We know the technical requirements (click here for details.) Our current recommendation is to plan to be able to have all of your largest grade on PARCC-compliant computing devices in labs (mobile or stationary) at the same time. For example, in an elementary school where 4th grade was the largest grade and had 90 students, the school would want to prepare to have 90 student devices in labs.
How do we do that?
Most importantly, schools will have new funds from the 2012 bond. This money should be spent to meet minimum classroom technology standards and to move the school closer to having enough devices for PARCC. More information about spending bond funds. The Educational Technology department is working to develop reports for schools to give them a picture of how close they are to being ready for PARCC. Educational Technology will use these reports when working with schools to spend their bond funds.