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In October 2012, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) adopted its College- and Career-Ready Determination Policy and Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs). The final version of that document can be found here on the PARCC website. The policy-level PLDs include both policy claims, which describe the educational implications for students who attain a particular performance level on the PARCC assessments, as well as general content claims, which describe in broad terms the knowledge, skills, and practices students performing at a given performance level are able to demonstrate at any grade level.
Using the policy-level PLDs as a foundation, groups of PARCC stakeholders convened over several months between 2012 and 2013 to develop grade- and subject-specific PLDs. These PLDs further articulate the knowledge, skills, and practices that students performing at a given level should be able to demonstrate in each content area at each grade level. The grade- and subject-specific PLDs are intended to serve several purposes, including the following:
The PARCC grade- and subject-specific PLDs were developed and reviewed over several months through an iterative process involving a number of state and local leaders, including:
You can view narrated PowerPoint presentations and review and download PLDs for each content area on the corresponding pages linked below.
Please consult the FAQs for answers to general questions about the PLD development process and next steps.