Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers

PARCC Practice Tests

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the new state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered to students in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level. At the high school level, students enrolled in English III will be assessed in English Language Arts, students enrolled in Algebra II / Math III will be assessed in mathematics, and students enrolled in both English III and Algebra II / Math III will be assessed in English Language Arts and mathematics, regardless of grade level.

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In 2015, during PARCC's first year in practice, CUSD#3 families were invited to an informal event that provided information about the new assessment.

You might already know that Illinois replaced the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, which are aligned to the new learning standards and will measure how well third- through eighth-graders and some high school students are achieving in English language arts (ELA) and math. As a way to familiarize families and students with the new assessments, we hosted a PARCC Primer event.

The PARCC Primer event held in 2015, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA, helped provide families with resources in math and English language arts activities that are examples of current teaching techniques. PARCC sample items were available during the event, as were practice tests to help better understand what students see on these assessments. Most importantly, families were able to ask questions of the teachers and administrators about PARCC assessments

Though a formal event will not be held for subsequent testing years, you may find resources below and feel free to contact your child's school about anything that you don't find in the links. Thank you for your cooperation in supporting our students' academic efforts.Information on PARCC for Students and Families

PARCC Has released a five-step checklist that will help parents get their kids ready for testing. The checklist features links to a host of assessment-related resources from both PARCC and partners such as the National Parent Teacher Association, Learning Heroes, Raise the Bar, and Great Kids, that will provide both parents and teachers with information about when the assessments will be given in their child's district, what will be expected of them when they are testing, and much more.
Both parents and teachers may also use the checklist to find practice tests, along with released items on the Partnership Resource Center.
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