PARCC Information

  • PARCC is... The Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measures 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 aboutwhether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet students’ needs. 

    PARCC Participating States…PARCC is made up of: Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The states in PARCC educate millions of elementary, middle and high school students across the country.  Learn more about the PARCC states.

    PARCC: What we know…

    • Students in grades 3-11 will take the computerized assessment in the 2016-2017 school.

    • Assessments covers English language arts and math.

    • It is computer-based and aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

    • Questions measure deeper learning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

    • It will provide teachers with timely data to help guide instruction and student support.

    • One prototype includes a video to watch followed by questions to answer.

    • Fourth graders are “expected to demonstrate sufficient keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.”  In fifth grade, expectation is “two pages in a single sitting.”


    The Lawrence Township Public schools are continually preparing for PARCC by continuing working with staff to help them become familiar with the Common Core State Standards, which are the standards that are measured on all levels of the PARCC exams.  The staff continues to work with students by facilitating their understanding of content and by helping them become familiar with the strategies they will need to navigate the assessment.