Friday, December 2, 2016
By PARCCFor the second year in a row, the PARCC consortium has released a new batch of authentic test items from the 2015-16 assessments for grades 3 through 8. The test items, which are actual questions and subject-matter examples from last year’s assessments and can be found on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), are designed to provide students, teachers, and parents with unparalleled transparency about the tests and to serve as a resource to prepare for the upcoming spring assessments.
The released assessment items, in PDF format, represent approximately one full test per grade level, for both English Language Arts/literacy and mathematics. Also posted on the PRC are scoring rubrics associated with the test questions, along with learning standards guidelines that demonstrate specifically which competencies are being measured by each question. For the open-ended writing portions of the PARCC assessments, there are anonymous student responses for each of the five PARCC scoring levels, to provide the most accurate representations of what kinds of answers will earn various scores.
The released items on the PRC are available to the public without any login or registration requirements. While the released items for high school-level assessments will be made available in January 2017, visitors to the PRC can still view assessment tools and authentic questions from the 2014-15 administration of high school tests.
Additional information is available about the individual score releases on UnderstandtheScore.org; individual school districts across the consortium made those score reports available to students earlier this year.