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PARCC Test Information

Reported by on 1/29/15

Beginning this year, all students in all grades 3-8 and select high school students will take the newly created Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career (PARCC) test. The PARCC test replaces the Illinois Student Achievement Test (ISAT) for grades 3-8 and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) for high school students. PARCC is now the State's required test to measure student and school progress.

The test will be administered electronically in two parts. A Performance Based Assessment will be given in March, and the End-of-Year Course Assessment will be given sometime between April 27 and May 22. The results from both tests will be combined to determine individual student proficiency level.

All students in grades 3-8 will be tested on English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Only high school students enrolled in the following courses will be tested: Comparative Studies and Composition, Advanced Placement Language and Composition, Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry.

Just like the ISAT and PSAE, parents will receive a copy of test results once they are available from the State. We anticipate individual student reports will be available to parents in fall 2015.

Information about PARCC test items, including format, sample test items and notes about scoring, is available at PARCC information.

You can also watch the video or view the slides from the PARCC presentation at the January 26 Board of Education meeting.

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