Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges & Careers (PARCC)
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.
The PARCC Vision
PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:
Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards
Supports educators in the classroom
Makes better use of technology in assessments
Advances accountability at all levels
Collectively the states in PARCC educate about 24 million students. The PARCC states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
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State Readiness Coordinator - New York
Phone: (518) 474-5461
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- Tech Readiness Tool
The Technology Readiness Tool is a web-based application designed to (a) help schools and
districts identify their current technology infrastructure and (b) assist the states and consortia in
determining what next steps will best prepare schools and districts for a successful transition to
The tool is to be used by states in the Smarter Balanced and PARCC consortia as a means to
collect and assess levels of technology readiness within schools and across the districts of the
member states. Measures of operational readiness are derived from the collective evaluation of data captured at the local (school) level and rolled up in reports to districts, state, and consortia levels. Readiness is measured along these dimensions:
- Degree to which hardware and software (devices) at the school level meet the minimum requirements set by the consortia.
- Adequate ratio of test-taking devices to test takers within a prescribed timetable.
- Sufficient bandwidth to handle the expected volume of traffic and content.
- Adequate number of trained personnel to support the process.