Developing the assessmentSince 2010, more than 2,000 educators, researchers, psychometricians and others have collaborated to develop PARCC’s annual state assessments and instructional tools. PARCC was designed not only to evaluate a student's progress, but also to provide better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they can tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.
Key milestones document major developments since 2010. PARCC states have worked closely to develop the items and tasks for the annual state assessments, as well as to set costs for the first year. The assessments were field tested in spring 2014.
Two core pieces of work have been to develop College- and Career-Ready Determination policies to allow students’ direct entry into entry-level college courses without need for remediation, and Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors, which describe what student performance looks like at various levels of proficiency in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
Postsecondary leaders have played a critical role in all of these efforts.
The work has been overseen by the PARCC governing board of state superintendents and commissioners, as well as several advisory groups.