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

In order to prepare students for Louisiana's economy, Louisiana is raising expectations for students. As a part of this transition, students in grades 3-8 will take the PARCC assessment. The PARCC assessment is aligned to Louisiana's standards, was developed with significant input from Louisiana educators, and was field tested with nearly 50,000 students in spring 2014. 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.
  2. Students will be asked to think independently, not just fill in bubble tests.
  3. Our state's educators are involved in test development.
  4. PARCC testing allows increased accessibility features for all students and more comprehensive accommodations for students with disabilities. 
  5. The state will not pay more for a higher-quality assessment.


Resources for Educators

The resources listed below will support educators in their preparations for the PARCC assessment.

Assessment Month-by-Month Checklist – This checklist outlines monthly actions to prepare to administer PARCC and other assessments.

Parent Resource Packet for Schools and Districts –This resource provides guidance on key steps districts take to educate parents along with resources and samples from other Louisiana districts.  

PARCC FAQ – This FAQ is updated regularly based on new questions from educators.

Weekly “Office Hours” Webinars – These online sessions offer educators a weekly time to ask any questions they have about Louisiana’s state assessments. The webinars are held every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Click here to view the webinar access information page.

Question Inbox at assessment@la.gov – All questions about Louisiana’s state assessments will be answered by assessment staff.


PARCC Assessment Guides

The Assessment Guides illustrate the design, types of items, evidence statements, claims, and administration policies of the PARCC assessments.

2014-2015 ELA 3-5 PARCC Assessment Guide

2014-2015 ELA 6-8 PARCC Assessment Guide

2014-2015 Math 3-5 PARCC Assessment Guide

2014-2015 Math 6-8 PARCC Assessment Guide


PARCC Accessibility and Accommodations Information

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

PARCC and Accessibility Accommodations Quick Guide

Read Aloud Decision Making

Personal Needs Profile Decision Making


Practice Test and Question Prototypes

PARCC Practice Test

Sample PARCC prototype questions for ELA

Sample PARCC prototype questions for math