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General Information

Ohio is among 22 states that are working as a consortium, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math. The assessments will be anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers, and will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

To check for updates log onto the PARCC Homepage. Take a look at PARCC Item and Task Prototypes under The PARCC Assessment section. The prototypes provided to date represent just a beginning to the complement of items and tasks that PARCC will share over time to represent the full range of assessment tasks on actual PARCC assessments beginning in 2014-2015.

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Model Content Framework

The Model Content Framework is to serve as a bridge between the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments. They are designed with the following purposes in mind:

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Blueprints & Test Specs

PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators understand the design of the PARCC assessments. You can view and download several sets of specifications for mathematics including evidence statement tables.

  • Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each.

  • Evidence statement tables and evidence statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students. These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards, and highlight their advances especially around the coherent nature of the standards.

  • Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) administered after approximately 75% of the school year. The mathematics PBA will focus on applying skills, concepts, and understandings to solve multi-step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools.

  • Mid-Year Assessment (MYA) comprised of performance-based items and tasks, with an emphasis on hard-to-measure standards. After study, individual states may consider including the MYA as a summative component.

  • End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) administered after approximately 90% of the school year. The mathematics EOY will call on students to demonstrate further conceptual understanding of the Major Content and Additional and Supporting Content of the grade/course (as outlined in the PARCC Model Content Frameworks), and demonstrate mathematical fluency, when applicable to the grade.

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Released Items

The primary purpose of sharing samples of PARCC items is to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the PARCC tests. The samples presented here are designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may appear in PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments.

Currently, PARCC has two types of released items. The first type are the Interactive Prototype Items. The link will take you to the Dana Center website, which recommends the use of Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 to explore prototype items. Items on the Dana Center site require Flash Player.

The second type of released items are non-interactive. Below is a table with the released items for each grade level and course.

Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Vans for Field Trip Subtraction Fluency Area of Cutting Board Slider Ruler

Field Part A

Max's Model for Fractions

Mr. Edmund's Pencil Box

Kelvin's 100-Meter Dash
Field Part B Fraction Comparison 2 Aquarium Tanks Fraction Model
Fractions on a Number Line 3 Friend's Beads   Proportions of Instruments

Patricia's Reading Time

Art Teacher's Rectangular Array      
Grade 7
Grade 8
Algebra 1
Speed Length of the Segment Myla's Swimming Pool Geometry Connection
Reading 3 Books   Michelle's Conjecture  
Proportional Relationships   Picture Frame  
    Popcorn Inventory  
    Brett's Race  
    Min-Golf Prices  
Algebra 2
Math I
Math II
Math III
Green Tea Study Popcorn Inventory Picture Frame Green Tea Study
Graphs of Functions Brett's Race Mini-Golf Prices Graphs of Functions
Temperature Changes     Geometric Construction
      Temperature Changes

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Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)

The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) are available to download and review by grade level, course, grade band, all high school courses, or as a complete package. In mathematics, the performance levels at each grade level are written for each of five assessment sub-claims: (1) major content; (2) additional and supporting content; (3) reasoning; (4) modeling; and (5) fluency for grades 3-6.

The performance levels within each claim area are differentiated by a number of factors consistent with the Common Core’s inclusion of standards for both mathematical content and mathematical practices and PARCC’s Cognitive Complexity Framework for Mathematics. For more details about the factors differentiating the performance levels in mathematics, please see the introductory PowerPoint presentation.

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Practice Tests

Practice Tests* - PARCC has released free, online practice tests available to all schools and districts. The Practice Tests include technology-enhanced items and are on the same technology platform used for field testing, allowing students and educators in all PARCC states to become more familiar with the types of items that appear on the PARCC assessments. The Practice Tests include a sample of assessment items for each grade level/course and are accompanied by a set of scoring guidance. Some accessibility features and accommodations are included on the Practice Tests to allow students the opportunity to interact with the various tools and supports that will appear on the test, such as color contrast, magnification, and notepad features. *To access the Practice Tests, click the Practice Tests tab at the top of the webpage.


Math and English Language Arts Sample Items Released

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has posted sample items in math and English language arts on a new, interactive platform. The sample items originally appeared on the PARCC website as PDF documents. Now, students, teachers, and parents will be able to click on and complete the sample items to get a better sense of how the online tests will work.

Below are links to the sample items for three grade bands.

Grade 3-5  

Grade 6-8

High School

PARCC also is offering online tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the Math and English Language Arts tests. Meanwhile, for those interested in technology training or are looking for more information on test administration, PARCC has a series of video modules.

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Webinar Series

Part 1: People Behind PARCC

Part 2: Educator Leader Cadres

Part 3: What is PARCC?

Part 4: Goals of PARCC

Part 5: Assessment Structure & Schedule

Part 6: Technology Advantages & Disadvantages

Part 7: Sample PARCC

Part 8: Level Implimentation Steps

Part 9: Resource List & Conclusion

Prototype Discussion: 4th Grade Deer in the Park!

Prototype Discussion: 3rd Grade Fractions

Prototype Discussion: 3rd Grade Problem

Sample Test Question

Public Blueprints



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Last Modified: 4/2/2014 11:08:00 AM

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