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/literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments. About 10 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9.
Starting in Spring 2016, PARCC will have one administration window (the performance based test and the end of year have been combined into one window). Testing information and dates are available here.
Spring 2015 CMAS Results - PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
Administration Training Information
- Verification of District Training Form submit via Syncplicity
- Link to the PARCC Tutorials, Sample Items, Manuals, Practice Tests, and Technology Information (has tutorial for all forms of the test including ASL)
- Colorado-adapted PARCC Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) File layout (coming soon)
- Text to Speech Functionality PDF PPT
2015 Spring Administration information
PARCC Post Test Processes
DACs must submit the Post Test Certification form after all materials from the administration have been returned. (If testing all online, there are no materials to return.)
Guidance on processes for the Spring 2015 administration of the PBA and EOY are below. DACs must submit the Post Test Certification form after the PBA and after the EOY administrations.
- 2015 PARCC Summative File Layout
- Closing Out Test Sessions (Avocet)
- 2015 Colorado Void and Not Tested Reasons
Mathematics Assessment Options for 2015-2016
- Students in grades 3-6 will take the appropriate grade level assessment.
- Students in grade 7 have the option of taking the 7th grade math, algebra I, or the Integrated math I assessment.
- Students in grade 8 have the option of taking the 8th grade math, algebra I, geometry, or the Integrated math I or II assessment.
- Students in grade 9 will take a math assessment. They may take any of the high school math assessments (i.e., algebra I, geometry, algebra II, or Integrated math I, II, or III).
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 assessments in ELA and math:
- 8.25 hours annually in 3rd grade
- 8.5 hours in grades 4–5
- A little more than 9 hours in grades 6-9
Specific unit times and scheduling considerations can be found here.
Information about scheduling grades together can be found here.
Unique Accommodations Request
In Colorado, there is additional guidance on several accommodations for ELA/L and/or mathematics. Unique accommodation requests (UAR) must be submitted to CDE via Syncplicity by December 15.
- Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for reading access accommodations for the ELA/L assessment (e.g.,text-to-speech, sign, human reader/oral script) is here.
- Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for a calculator (or math tools) on the non-calculator portions of the assessment is here.
- Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for a human scribe on the ELA/L assessment is here.
Released items from the 2015 PARCC ELA/L and math assessments can be found here. There are items from each grade and content in PDF format.
PARCC Test Design
PARCC has released documents to help schools and districts understand the design of the assessment. For ELA/L these documents include high level assessment blueprints, ELA Literacy Common forms Specifications, reading evidence tables, writing evidence tables, task models, scoring rubrics and performance level descriptors.
For mathematics, the documents include high level assessment blueprints, claim structure documents, evidence statements, informational guides by grade level to help teachers, and performance level descriptors.
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. For more information, please see our District Technology Coordinator webpage.
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 identifiable information (PII), breach remediation and responsibilities of all parties.
The Department has established a website with a variety of information related to data privacy and security:
PARCC Quick Links
Here are links for commonly requested information:
- Accommodation Matrix
- Calculator Policy (PARCC)
- Math reference sheets: Grades 5 - 8, High School (Avocet: Mathematics Assessment Reference Sheet)
- PearsonAccessnext Published Reports Guidance (Avocet)
- Testing Multiple Grades in a Testing Environment
- Technology Skills for Computer-based Assessment
- Translated individual student reports (ISR) shells are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Marshallese, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- Verification of District Training Form