In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortia as a governing member in August, 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments. About 20 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system. PARCC has ELA assessments in grades 3-11 and mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 with three high school assessments. PARCC has developed college and career ready determinations that will be based on the assessments given in 11th grade.
It is anticipated that the PARCC ELA and mathematics assessments will replace the TCAP reading, writing and mathematics assessments in the spring of 2015.
2015 Spring training information is posted here.
- Link to the PARCC Tutorials, Sample Items, Manuals, Practice Tests, and Technology Information
- Registering for Paper-based Materials webinar and PowerPoint for Registering for the Paper-based Materials webinar is here.
- Colorado adapted PARCC Student Registration File layout
- Instructions for Ordering and Completing the Student Registration File
- Text to Speech Functionality PDF PPT
Mathematics Assessment Options for 2014-2015
Mathematics Assessment Options for 2014-2015, a chart of the possible PARCC mathematics assessments students may take, based on their current grade, in school year 2014-2015 is now available.
If your district is interested in participating in the additional high school mathematics assessment flexibility pilot, please email Stephanie Boyd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information about Estimated Testing Times
PARCC estimates that students will spend the approximate lengths of time below to complete all the sessions, or timed components, of the PARCC performance-based and end-of-year assessments in ELA/literacy and math:
- 9.75 hours annually in 3rd grade
- 10 hours in grades 4–5
- A little less than 11 hours in middle school
- Close to 11 hours in high school
These times refer to on-task time, or the time it will take most students to complete the PARCC summative tests in both content areas. While it is anticipated that most students will complete the tests within these estimated times, schools will be asked to schedule additional time to ensure that students who work at slower rates can complete the assessments. Schools also will continue to make special accommodations for children with disabilities who have specific requirements and arrangements established.
Specific unit times and scheduling considerations can be found here.
Information about scheduling grades together can be found here.
Unique Accommodations Request
If a student with a disability or an English learner requires an accommodation that is not listed in the the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodaitions Manual, and does not change the construct being measured by the test, the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) may request approval for use of the accommodation using the Unique Accommodations Request form. If approved, the accommodation must be listed in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan for a student with a disability; and if appropriate, an English Learner (EL) plan, for an English learner. Unique Accommodations must be requested an approved for each testing year.
Any accommodation that will initiate a reporting notation on the confidential student report must also be requested using this form. Those accommodations include:
- Oral/Sign Presentation (including Text-to-Speech) of passages and items on the ELA/L assessment,
- Scribe (including Speech-to-Text) on the constructed response items of the ELA/L assessment, or
- Calculation Device (including calculators, math manipulatives, etc.) on the non-calculator sections of the Mathematics assessment.
To request approval for a unique accommodation, this form must be completed and submitted to the Assessment Unit of the Colorado Department of Education by the DAC no later than December 15 to ensure a timely state response is received. A copy of this form must be kept in the student’s file and, if appropriate, retained at the district office.
Sample Items and Tasks
PARCC has sample assessment items and tasks available online, providing educators, parents, and students an initial look at the types of items that will appear on next-generation assessments. These prototypes maybe a useful resource for students, parents and educators as they transition to the Colorado Academic Standards and prepare for next-generation assessments. They are not intended to be used as practice tests and do not provide a comprehensive picture of how the completed assessments will look. PARCC will continue to release additional prototypes and rubrics to provide a more complete picture of the PARCC assessment design in each content area and grade level.
PARCC Evidence Tables
PARCC has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC assessments.
PARCC Performance Level Descriptors (PLD)
PARCC has released the grade and subject level PLDs. These provide information to educators for use in developing curricular and instructional materials.
PARCC Technology Guidelines
PARCC has issued guidance designed to inform schools and districts as they make annual instructional technology purchases. The guidelines include hardware and operating system specifications covering the vast majority of commercially available computers and tablets.
PARCC Data Privacy & Security Policy
Information about the Data Privacy & Security Policy that all PARCC states agreed to can be found here. This policy includes information about basic privacy protections, security monitoring, when and who can access personally identifying information (PII), breach remediation and responsibilities of all parties.