ELA Test Specifications Documents
Understanding Summative Assessment DesignTest specification documents help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC ELA/literacy assessments. These documents were updated in July 2015 based on the new assessment design.
High-level blueprints define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment for both parts of the test.
ELA/Literacy Form Specifications DocumentsForms specifications documents (high-level blueprints) define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment.
Evidence Statement Tables and Evidence Statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students. These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards.
Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade K Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 1 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 2 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 3 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 4 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 5 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 6 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 7 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 8 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grades 9-10 Reading Evidence Tables
- PARCC Grade 11 Reading Evidence Tables
Writing Evidence Tables
ELA/Literacy Task ModelsELA/Literacy Task Models guide the development of performance-based tasks (collections of items) that have a particular focus and elicit targeted evidences aligned to standards.
Text Analysis WorksheetsText Analysis Worksheets help determine grade-level placement and the complexity level of passages for use on the PARCC Assessment.
ELA/Literacy Scoring RubricsELA/Literacy scoring rubrics are tools for scoring students' written responses. In July 2015, PARCC states updated the scoring rubrics, combining the reading comprehension and written expression traits. PARCC state educators who called for this update did so because information from the PARCC state spring tests indicated that teachers and scorers would be better able to use the rubrics reliably with the revisions made.
As in the past, PARCC states’ decisions were a direct result of applying both research results and educator input. Educators working on this update believe the updated rubrics will be more usable, while simultaneously honoring the focus of the CCSS through the integration of reading and writing. Students will continue to receive both a reading and a writing score for their written responses.