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PARCC Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice
January 22, 2014 - Teachers in 18 states and the District of Columbia have new resources to help them prepare their students for upcoming field tests.
 
PARCC Governing Board Approves Data Privacy and Security Policy; Reviews Field Testing Plans
December 11, 2013 - The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) approved a policy to protect the privacy and security of student data and discussed school and district progress towards the spring 2014 PARCC field test.
 
PARCC Releases RFP to Build Assessment Professional Development Modules
October 10, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a multistate consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of its Assessment Professional Development Modules.
 
PARCC Releases RFP to Build Speaking and Listening Assessments
October 3, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states working together to create next generation assessments, today released a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of its Speaking and Listening Assessments.
 
PARCC Governing Board Meets, Appoints PARCC Chief Executive Officer
September 26, 2013 - During its quarterly meeting yesterday, the Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) made several key decisions to support the long-term sustainability and success of the consortium.
 
PARCC Technology Bundle RFP
September 10, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 20-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, released a request for proposal (RFP) for assessment technology components including a computer-based test delivery platform, an assessment item repository, a data warehouse, score reporting tools, and a score reports design study.
 
PARCC Releases New Sample Items
August 19, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a 19-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released additional sample items for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
 
PARCC Governing Board Takes Key Votes, Announces Field Testing Plans, Gives Progress Update
June 28, 2013 - The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers met on June 26, 2013. The board meets quarterly to make major policy and operational decisions on behalf of the PARCC consortium related to the overall design of the assessment system, PARCC's procurement strategy and other significant issues.
 
PARCC (@PARCCPlace) Launches Twitter Town Hall Series
May 31, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today announced a series of Twitter town halls to answer questions on the new, computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
 
Reminder: PARCC Seeks Public Comment
May 3, 2013 - As a reminder, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has two draft policies currently out for public comment. Please use the links below to review the draft policies and the associated surveys where you can provide feedback.
 
PARCC Releases Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications Documents
April 30, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released assessment blueprints and test specifications for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments set to debut in 2014-15.
 
PARCC Releases Draft Accommodations Manual For Public Comment
April 18, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released for public comment a draft of the full accommodations manual for the assessments currently being developed by the 22-state consortium.
 
PARCC Releases Draft Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs for Public Comment
April 10, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today released the draft grade- and subject-specific performance level descriptors (PLDs) in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for public comment.
 
PARCC Governing Board Meets, Discusses PARCC Progress
March 28, 2013 - The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) met on March 20, 2013.
 
PARCC Becomes a Non-Profit
March 12, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to oversee the development of its next generation assessments.
 
PARCC Releases Tool To Prepare Schools and Districts for Rigorous 21st Century Assessments
March 5, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today announced a new planning tool and guidance for schools and districts that will help them get ready for new, 21st century assessments in the 2014-2015 school year.
 
PARCC Releases Draft Writing Access Accommodations Policies for Public Comment
February 8, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) recently released for public comment a draft policy that proposes accommodations for students with disabilities who need assistance expressing themselves in writing or typing on a computer.
 
PARCC Releases Draft Accommodations Policies for Public Comment
January 16, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released two draft accommodations policies for public comment, the reading access accommodation and the calculator use accommodation.
 
PARCC Governing Board Approves Math Assessments for College and Career Readiness, Retest Policy and Tech Specs
December 21, 2012 - The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) held a meeting on December 13, 2012, which included a joint session with the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR).
 
PARCC Charts Pathway to College and Career Readiness Through K- 12 and Higher Education Vote
November 2, 2012 - In unprecedented collaboration between K-12 and higher education, the PARCC Governing Board and the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) voted unanimously to adopt a College-and Career-Ready Determination (CCRD) policy and Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs).
 
PARCC Releases Initial Set of Test Items and Task Prototypes
August 20, 2012 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
 
PARCC Seeks Public Input on Draft Model Content Frameworks
August 3, 2011 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers (PARCC) today released draft model content frameworks for public review.
 

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