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

In order to prepare students for Louisiana's economy, our state is raising expectations for students. As a part of this transition, students in grades 3-8 will take the PARCC test beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The PARCC assessment is aligned to Louisiana's standards and has been developed with significant input from Louisiana educators. Louisiana has been a key partner in identifying content for the test, developing the specific items, and guiding the technology specifications. In addition, the assessment has other important advantages for our state.

  1. Our students can demonstrate that they are on par with their peers across the country, through scores that are comparable across 19 states.

  2. Students will be asked to think independently, not just fill in bubble tests. PARCC is a “test worth taking” as it mirrors the demands of every day life.

  3. Our state's educators have been involved in test development, including item reviews and policy making.

  4. Online testing allows increased accessibility features for all students and more comprehensive accommodations for students with disabilities. Accessibility features include highlighters, adjusted font size, masking tool to block eliminated answer choices, line readers, etc.  Accommodations include videos of human interpreters, closed captioning, word prediction, etc.

  5. The state will not pay more for a higher-quality assessment.

Important Resources for Educators and Families 

The Department has recently released a student tutorial and a set of sample items that allow educators, families and students to experience both the content and the technology of the new tests.

In addition, the Department is sharing a set of resources that help educators and families understand the key features of PARCC assessment.

Privacy language:

The Louisiana Department of Education is committed to ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data. Read more about PARCC’s Data Privacy and Security policy here.