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CMAS - English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments (PARCC)


Stephanie Boyd
PARCC Coordinator
Assessment Unit

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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.

Administration Training Information

2016 Spring training information will be available in November.  

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.  

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 (  

The webinar on math options for 2014-2015 is here.  The PowerPoint for this training is here

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. (coming soon)

Information about scheduling grades together can be found here.  (coming soon)

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Sample Items and Tasks

PARCC has sample assessment items and tasks available online to provide educators, parents, and students with an initial look at the types of items that will appear on next-generation assessments. These prototypes may be 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 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: 

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