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CMAS - English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) and Mathematics Assessments (PARCC)

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortia as a governing member in August, 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts and Literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics will be administered in grades 3-11 beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Tests at each grade level will be based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for that grade level. In high school, the mathematics tests will be based on CCSS designated for two course sequences – a traditional sequence including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; and an integrated sequence including Mathematics 1, 2, and 3. For more information regarding high school mathematics course standards, readers should refer to the Mathematics Model Content Frameworks at http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-model-content-frameworks.

APS will use the results of the assessments as one measure to evaluate whether the district has increased student achievement for all students, and to evaluate the change in the achievement gaps that exist among various groups of students. Results will be disaggregated by the following subgroups of students:     

  • Gender
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Ethnicity
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Students with limited English proficiency
  • Gifted and Talented Students

In order to promote improvements in curriculum and instruction and support various forms of accountability, the PARCC assessments are designed to measure the full range of the CCSS and full continuum of student abilities, including the performance of high and low performing students. 



 PARCC Resources

  1. Parent Information http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents
  2. Educator resources http://www.parcconline.org/for-educators
  3. CDE’s PARCC information page http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/newassess-parcc

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