PARCC Testing Trial
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.
email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.