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Stepping Out!
High School
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Are you Ready for the Next Step?
• And what do you do if you are not?
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Timeline of Coursework to Stay on Track
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diploma/college prep in state/district
Language Arts
Social Studies
Foreign Languages
Health & PE
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What is PARCC?
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a
group of 12 states and the District of Columbia that have worked together with
thousands of teachers and education experts to develop a modern set of learning
tools that assess and measure what a student knows and can do.
Since 2010 states have adopted new, higher academic standards and teachers have
begun teaching them in their daily instruction.
Honest, fair and transparent assessments
were needed to align with the new standards
and allow teachers and parents to open the
door to student success.
These carefully prepared tests are engaging
for students and effectively measure
achievement across all levels.
The tests tell teachers, students and parents
whether a student is on track for the next
steps in their education and mark students’
progress from third grade up.
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In August 2010, (STATE) voluntarily adopted new, college and career-ready
academic standards in an effort to better prepare our children for the next steps in
their education and in life, and to bolster a competitive and thriving state economy.
School districts developed curriculum to
meet the new standards and teachers have
begun instruction of the curriculum.
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What makes PARCC different?
PARCC assessments:
• Not only evaluate a student’s progress, but also show teachers and
parents where a student needs help so they are able to personalize
instruction to meet individual student needs.
• Will help ensure all students, regardless of income or
family background, have equal access to a worldclass education to prepare them for success in college
and careers.
• Serve as an educational GPS system, assessing where
a student currently is and the best route to get to
where they need to be by graduation so they are
career and college ready.
• Will help students achieve, which will lead to a
better-educated workforce, stronger communities and
a more competitive United States.
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What makes PARCC different?
It tests critical thinking, rather than rote memorization. The test goes well beyond
the traditional bubble tests by measuring critical thinking and problem solving skills
that are very important in college and the workforce.
Other tests
PARCC assessments
Primarily use multiple-choice format that
Allow students to submit answers and detailed responses,
emphasizes memorization, “test prep” and guessing. eliminating guesswork and allowing students to show their
thinking and knowledge.
Test students’ rote learning.
Assess students’ abilities to read carefully, communicate
clearly and problem solve.
Offer basic, one-step problems.
Present challenging, multi-tiered problems.
Are too vague to offer detailed insight to gauge
Provide students, parents and educators detailed
students’ readiness for the next step toward success. information so they can understand how students are
progressing, where they need assistance and where they
can be encouraged to do more.
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Sample Questions
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Sample Questions
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Time spent testing
• Students will engage in the tests a few days in
early spring, and a few days in late spring.
• Most students will spend about four hours each
on the mathematics and English language
arts/literacy portions of the test throughout the
year, totaling less than 1% of the school year.
• Those will be broken down into smaller units
that will take about 40 to 60 minutes, though
schools will schedule up to 90 minutes for each
unit to make sure that all students have the time
they need.
• Students with disabilities may have more time,
as is called for in their Individualized Education
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• In (SCHOOL) students will take the PARCC assessments
• PARCC states understand that in the 21st century students
need to have access to technology in the classroom
throughout the year, not just at testing time, ensuring they
are comfortable using the technology
• The technology gives students independence and is more
engaging, as it includes videos and interactive tools.
Students are the drivers of their own testing experience
which gives them confidence.
• PARCC is using Universal Design principles to make the
new tests as accessible as possible to all students, including
English learners and students with disabilities.
• Paper-and-pencil assessments will be available for those
students who require them.
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Field tests/Practice tests
Research from
field tests
Online practice tests
Release test
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Parent Score Report
• PARCC state leaders and educators have designed a detailed and clear
student assessment report on how your student is progressing and where he
or she needs assistance.
• The PARCC score report
uses clear icons and colors
combined with
information to explain
results and resources for
more information.
• The report is intended to
help you work with your
student’s teachers and
school officials to decide
how best to support your
student’s needs.
What is College/Career Ready Determination
• PARCC implementation represents a shift away from
traditional postsecondary placement testing, toward using
students’ high school performance to measure college
• Performance on the PARCC assessments will provide
information to students, counselors, parents and teachers about
what students must accomplish to graduate high school ready
to enter college credit-bearing courses without remediation.
• Students who earn a PARCC college- and career-ready
determination in high school may choose to explore dual or
concurrent enrollment or AP coursework.
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How You Can Support your Child
Read a combination of fiction and non-fiction with your child. Ask
him/her to research different options for college and jobs. Explore
books, programs and articles that address the topics of interest.
Discuss and “do” real life math with your child. Help him/her know
basic math facts.
Discuss the new tests with your child. Make sure he/she is not scared
or anxious going into the new tests.
Explain to your child that the tests will initially be more challenging.
Tell your child to do his/her best on the test and that you are there to
help every step of the way.
After the test, review the results with your child. Bring the teacher
into the discussion as needed.
Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make
sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast
before a test.
Above all, be positive and encouraging about the tests.
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Additional Parent Resources
• Take the Test! PARCC has a test online that parents and students can try.
• PARCC offers information about the assessments including fact sheets, a
glossary and sample test questions.
• (State or district) Resources
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• National Parent Teacher Association offers grade-by-grade parent guides for
student success. Available in English and Spanish.
• Finaid offers information about all types of financial aid for college.
• offers information on planning for college and careers.
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Contact Information
• For more information about the PARCC assessments, contact:
Presenter contact: name and number
Local School contact: name and number
School District contact: name and number
State Board of Education contact: name and number
PARCC contact:
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