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  Barnstable United Elementary School
  Rosemary Williams
  Interim Principal 



PARCC Testing Trial




Dear Parent/Guardian:


Massachusetts is currently developing a high quality, 21st century student testing program

called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

The goal of PARCC is to measure student progress toward the state’s new academic

learning standards in English language arts and mathematics, which were adopted in 2010.

Over the next two years, schools statewide will “test drive” PARCC before the state decides

whether to fully adopt this new test and replace our current test, MCAS.


Students in two homerooms at each grade level were chosen randomly to participate in the pilot

testing. If your child’s homeroom is participating, you will be notified by a letter from the school.

The purpose of this spring’s administration of PARCC is to try out the test questions, before the

test counts, and to make certain the questions measure the subject area content contained in

the learning standards. Our school’s participation is important and allows PARCC to build the best

test they can.


Students selected to take a PARCC test in one subject will also take the MCAS test in that same

subject. For instance, if your child is selected to take a PARCC test in mathematics, he or she will

still participate in and receive an MCAS score in mathematics, as well as other MCAS subjects

(English language arts; science and technology/engineering for grades 5, 8, and high school). 

Your child will not receive a score or grade based on her or his performance on PARCC.


If you wish to learn more about PARCC, please visit, send an

email to, or, as always, ask me. I will be hosting a PARCC information

session for parents on April 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the BUES cafeteria.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Your contributions to your child’s education are

invaluable, and I thank you for your continued involvement.




Rosemary Williams


Rosemary Williams

Interim Principal

Our Mission

 Barnstable United Elementary School: Our Mission

The Barnstable United Elementary School serves fourth and fifth graders in the Town of Barnstable with innovative learning and assessments. The mission of achieving excellence for all students is our goal. We have a major impact on students' academic, individual, social, and technological skills by creating a school environment which provides a high quality curriculum, demands excellence, and prepares the students for successful learning at Barnstable Intermediate School.