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.
Field Test Administration Trainings
At the following locations of the CMAS Administration Trainings, PARCC English langauge arts and mathematics field test administration training will be offered for districts that are participating in the PARCC field test. A live webinar on PARCC field test administration will be available for DACs participating in the PARCC field test who are unable to attend one of the trainings at the selected locations.
PARCC Assigning Read Aloud Accommodations cheat sheet for assigning students Text-to-Speech or Oral Script for the Field Test. These are not the instructions for CMAS
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.
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:
- 8 hours annually in 3rd grade
- Just over 9 hours in grades 4–5
- A little less than 9 ½ hours in middle school
- A little more than 9 ½ 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.
- Estimated Time on Task by Grade and Session (pdf)
- Estimated PARCC and Current State Testing Time (pdf)
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.