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Common Core & PARCC

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

Common Core Insight into Development
DESE MCAS Site
Explanation of MCAS Testing Designation 2014-2014
DESE: Common Core
Opinion - PARCC vs MCAS 2014
PARCC Field Test Information Site
PARCC Frequently Asked Questions
PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Transitioning to the New MA Curriculum Frameworks in ELA/Literacy & Mathematics