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Second Year of PARCC Testing Begins

Posted by Admin On March - 14 - 2016


This year’s assessment features simpler format to improve process and reduce testing times


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ second administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment began Monday, with about 1 million students expected to complete the exam in English language arts (ELA) and math over the next three months. In response to feedback from school districts, this year’s PARCC assessment features a shorter, simplified format to improve the process for students and educators.

“We are pleased to provide the same high-quality assessment that corresponds to the higher expectations of the Illinois Learning Standards in a structure that better meets the needs of our schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The assessment of readiness has to be a part of how we address the need to prepare students to continue higher learning, enter the working world, and become active, engaged members of their local communities.”

The PARCC assessment debuted in 2015 and focuses on students’ mastery of key concepts as well as their critical thinking and writing skills. It originally was divided into two parts that measured different types of knowledge and skills.

This year’s assessment has only one testing window, which extends from March 7 until June 10. Districts selected their own 30-day testing period within this time frame. The single window reduces the amount of time necessary to administer the assessment and allows teachers and students to spend more time on classroom instruction. Test time is also reduced for most students by 60 minutes for the math portion and 30 minutes for ELA. However, time will remain the same for a limited number of students who will participate in an additional embedded ELA field assessment.

Students in grades 3-8 and select high school courses are taking the PARCC assessment, with roughly 85 percent expected to take the exam online. Last year, about 75 percent of the nearly 1 million students who completed the assessment did so online.

The PARCC assessment will continue to measure the full range of standards. It will also provide valuable information about whether students are mastering the knowledge and skills they need to stay on the path for success in college and/or their chosen career field. Assessments are simply one measure to track our progress, and data from the PARCC assessment provides a clearer picture of where Illinois schools are succeeding and what areas need improvement. The second year of results will help teachers and parents determine if a student requires remediation or more advanced instruction earlier in his or her schooling, ensuring they graduate from high school ready for college and career.

Illinois expects to receive the 2016 results sooner than the 2015 results, with districts receiving score reports sometime this fall. The faster turnaround time for the 2016 scores will give teachers more time to tailor their instruction to meet specific student needs and better support improvement efforts.

For more information on the 2016 PARCC assessment, visit PARCC Place at www.isbe.net/parcc-place/default.htm and ISBE’s Hot Topics page at


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