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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Shorter for kids, streamlined for schools, quicker results

There’s good news for students and their teachers: the PARCC test is 90 minutes shorter than in 2014-15, has fewer units, and all takes place in one testing window, instead of two. This means PARCC is a test that’s easier for schools to administer and for students to take. In addition, parents and schools will get results far faster than last year.

Shorter and Fewer

PARCC states listened to feedback and made changes to address concerns, while still upholding high test quality.

As was the case in the 2015-16 testing year, the PARCC assessments will be shorter and the administration has been simplified. Testing has been streamlined into a single window. The tests have been reduced by 90 minutes; unit times are more uniform, and the number of test units will be reduced by two or three, depending upon grade level.

  • The test is 90 minutes shorter — 60 minutes less for mathematics and 30 minutes less for English language arts/literacy
  • Fewer test sessions — now only six or seven test sessions for students, compared to eight or nine last year
  • One testing window, instead of two

Streamlined and Simplified

The single testing window in Year Three of testing helps simplify scheduling for those districts that experienced challenges with multiple testing windows in Year One.

  • One testing window runs March 6 to June 9 — but window is shorter in individual states
  • Single window simplifies local district scheduling
  • Most districts will finish testing in two weeks or less

Quicker Results for Everyone

The testing window provides local districts with flexibility in scheduling the assessment, but the sooner they test, the sooner they will see results. Online testing expedites the scoring process, which means those districts choosing to administer the test on paper will have a shorter window.

  • As was the case in 2015-16, states will have results by July.
  • Parent score reports will be in school district offices by summer 2017. School districts will determine when and how to share score reports with parents.

More Students Testing Online

More than 80 percent of students took the test online in 2015-16. That percentage is expected to grow this year, as more schools move to beef up their education technology resources.

A digital assessment reflects the way students are learning in a digital age, sets expectations for all students to get the experience and education in technology they need, and promotes the use of learning technology in classrooms for all students.

Nearly all students are expected to take the tests online in the near future.

Read more detail about the changes made prior to the 2015-16 administration season. 

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