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PARCC Assessments

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 developing assessments to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA)/ Literacy and Mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. The primary purpose of PARCC is to provide high quality assessments of students’ progression toward postsecondary readiness and success.

The PARCC tests are designed to match the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and assess whether students are meeting grade-level expectations.

In contrast to other assessments, the PARCC is an extension to regular instruction, because students experience engaging, real-life texts and solve meaningful problems based on high-quality classroom work. In addition, built in accessibility features help all students do their best and expand access for students with disabilities.

Student Results

Students who participate in the PARCC assessments for grades 3–8, English 10, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II receive paper home reports during September of the following school year. The reports will be distributed to your child at school to hand carry home.

Digital Access to Test Results

Parents and guardians don’t have to wait for the paper home reports. Digital access to PARCC and other standardized test scores is available online. To view a running record of your child’s raw standardized assessment scores:

PARCC results are typically loaded in the first week of August.


School/District Results

Overall PARCC results can be viewed at Maryland Public School Report Cards

Note: Results are not posted until the start of the next school year.


Administration of PARCC

PARCC will be replaced by the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Assessments starting in the Fall of 2019.

PARCC Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in English 10 and Algebra I for the first time before 2016-2017 must pass the course and participate in the corresponding PARCC assessments. A score for Algebra I HSA or English 10 HSA can also be used to fulfill the assessment requirements. Students enrolled in English 10 or Algebra I during or after the 2016-2017 school year are required to pass the assessment. View the State of Maryland’s Graduation Requirements →