School Improvement in Maryland

PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career

What Should Maryland Teachers Know About PARCC

  • The PARCC assessments will be fully implemented in school year 2014-15.
  • The PARCC assessments will be administered online for most students when it is fully implemented in 2014-15, although there will be a paper-and-pencil back up option at first.
  • The PARCC mathematics and ELA/literacy assessments will include many different types of questions.
  • There will be accommodations and accessibility features that allow all students to have the support they need to do well on PARCC.
  • In ELA/literacy, the PARCC assessments will look much deeper at student writing abilities and critical-thinking skills.
  • In mathematics, students will solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding.
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What is PARCC?

PARCC assessments will measure the content and skills contained in the new Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards. In school year 2014-15, the PARCC assessments in mathematics and English Arts(ELA)/Literacy will replace the current State assessments in those areas. For more information »


The PARCC Mathematics assessments include a variety of tasks that measure students' learning of the mathematical content and practice standards for their grade level or course of study. The assessments include one type of task that elicits evidence to show how well students can solve problems that target the content standards, while making connections to the practice standards. Students' responses to these tasks provide evidence of their conceptual understandings; ability to perform mathematical procedures, and ability to solve real-world problems. A second type of task elicits evidence of students' abilities to express their mathematical reasoning by constructing valid arguments. The third type of task provides students the opportunity to demonstrate how well they can use mathematics to model real-world situations.

Score reports from the PARCC Mathematics assessments show a student's overall numerical score and the related performance level achieved, based on that score. The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 identify the performance levels. Level 1 indicates a student is not yet meeting grade level expectations, and Level 5 indicates a student has a strong understanding of grade level material. PARCC Mathematics score reports also provide information about a student's performance in four categories. The categories are: Major Content; Additional and Supporting Content; Expressing Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling and Application.

Mathematics Assessment Resources for PARCC

Algebra I Resources
PARCC Resources
PARCC Calculator Policy
Mathematics Practice Tests