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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states, including the District of Columbia, that is developing a common set of K-12 assessments. The assessments are designed to build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade on and provide teachers with timely information that informs instruction. PARCC assessments will measure the full range of the content and skills called for in the English/language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards.

PARCC received a $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.

PARCC is piloting the new assessments with volunteer schools starting this year, with full operational administration to begin in the 2014-15 school year.

  • SY 2012-13

    Pilot testing, related research and data collection

  • SY 2013-14

    Continued testing, related research and data collection

  • SY 2014-15

    Full administration of PARCC assessments

  • Summer 2015

    Set achievement levels, including college-ready performance levels

DC PARCC Educator Leader Cadre

OSSE partners with dedicated DC educators to create and share information about the new multi-state assessment, PARCC. This teacher-led group is the DC PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELC).

The ELC is made up of teachers with specific with expertise in English/language arts or mathematics. Cadre members engage in professional development to understand and share PARCC’s role as the upcoming state assessment, and its connection to Common Core implementation.

Through face-to-face meetings and virtual convenings, educator leaders share best practices regarding the implementation and use of PARCC materials, engage in reviewing PARCC and PARCC state developed instructional materials and serve as active leaders in state and local implementation efforts.

This work is expected to continue and grow through 2014-2015 and beyond.

National Center and State Collaborative

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is an initiative working to build alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The alternate assessment system is based on Common Core and includes project-developed tools and processes to support educators as they plan and provide appropriate instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These supports will help Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams accurately identify the learner characteristics and make appropriate decisions about how each student participates in the overall system of assessments.

The project, led by five centers and nineteen states including DC, ensures that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school prepared for post-secondary opportunities.

English Language Proficiency Assessment Consortium

The English Language Proficiency Assessment Consortium (ASSETS) will develop a next generation, technology-based language assessment system for students in grades K–12 who are learning English. The system will include a summative language assessment, an on-demand diagnostic screener, classroom interim assessments and formative assessment tools for use in instruction, as well as accompanying professional development materials. All of these components will be grounded in English development standards linked to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.