Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that collaboratively developed a common set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers.

The PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. The PARCC assessments require students to solve problems using mathematical reasoning and to be able to model mathematical principles. In English Language Arts (ELA), students will be required to closely read multiple passages and to write essay responses in literary analysis, research tasks and narrative tasks. The assessments will also provide teachers and parents with valuable information on student progress to inform instruction and provide targeted student support in school and at home.

After a three-year transition period to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for new tests designed to measure the CCSS, the PARCC assessments replaced NJASK (grades 3-8) and HSPA (high school) in 2014-15.

PARCC Statewide Assessment: Giving Teachers, Parents & Schools Greater Insight Into Student Progress

Additional information about the PARCC assessment is available through the PARCC website, including:

Information on PARCC Technology Readiness in New Jersey