Illinois Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 22 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K-12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and math linked to the new more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Illinois seeks to achieve CCSS (Standards) and PARCC (Assessment) implementation "to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy." Illinois is a Governing State in the PARCC Consortium and Superintendent Christopher Koch serves on the Governing Board. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon also serves on the Advisory Committee on College Readiness for PARCC. Members of the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Community College Board are the K-12 and post-secondary leads for PARCC in Illinois.

PARCC 301 Dr. Mary O'Brian Presentation

PARCC 301 Policy Presentation

PARCC 301 Morning Math Presentation

PARCC 301 Afternoon Math Presentation

PARCC Online Learning Modules - First two modules in the new PARCC Online Learning series are now available.

PARCC 101 FAQ - Questions and Answers Specific to Illinois as of Spring 2014

PARCC Press Release - February 3, 2014 (Launch of Independent Nonprofit, Names Leadership)

PARCC Press Release - January 23, 2014 (Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice)

PARCC Press Release - November 22, 2013 (Maryland PARCC Fiscal Agent)

PARCC Press Release - October 11, 2013 (Educator Leader Cadres meeting)

Illinois State Leaders' Involvement in PARCC

PARCC Press Release - September 26, 2013 (New Chief Executive Officer)

Agenda for PARCC 101 - September 13, 2013

Summary of PARCC 101 - September 13, 2013

Achieve (Jones and Riley) Presentation

Dr. Mary O'Brian Presentation

Rebecca Watts Presentation

ELA Descriptors

Algebra Descriptors

Assessment Administrator's Guide

Standards - Common Core (CCSS)

The new Common Core State Standards establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level. The standards are high, clear, and uniform to ensure that students are prepared for success in college and the workforce.

By emphasizing depth over breadth, the Common Core ensures that students have comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Illinois adopted the Common Core in 2010 and teachers and administrators across the state are fully implementing the new standards during the 2013-14 school year. Many schools have already begun to incorporate elements of the new learning standards into their curricula. The Common Core determines what educators should teach, not how they should teach. Teachers will continue to have the freedom to tailor lesson plans to the individual needs of their students. The Common Core’s higher standards and emphasis on applying knowledge to real world situations will better prepare Illinois students for the challenges facing them after high school graduation.

Links for CCSS

Common Vision, Common Goals - Presentation on preparing schools, colleges and universities for new standards and assessment.

Illinois State Board of Education Common Core Professional Learning Series

Common Core Illinois

Common Core State Standards Initative

Assessment - PARCC

The Partnership is made up of 22 states - Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This assessment system will impact over 23 million students.

The goals of PARCC are to:

  • Develop an innovative assessment system aligned to the standards

  • Create 21st century, technology-based assessments

  • Present educators with timely data

  • Establish a college and career ready determination accepted and used by postsecondary faculty and administrators

  • Provide early interventions to ensure student meet postsecondary goals

  • Measure full range of student performance, including that of high- and low-achieving students

PARCC assessment will cover English language arts/literacy and math for grades 3-11 and contains diagnostic assessments, mid-year assessments, performance-based assessments, end-of-year assessments and a speaking and listening component. PARCC assessments are on track to be available in 2014-15 school year. The PARCC assessments are being designed to replace current state assessments. An example of the assessments along with supplementary materials and additional resources can be found at

Links for PARCC

PARCC Website

PARCC Glossary of Terms

PARCC Frequently Asked Questions

Advance Illinois

Achieve - Illinois