The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) is one of two state consortia that developed a common set of K-12 assessments aligned with higher standards for college and career. Mississippi is no longer a member of the PARCC consortium; however, for the 2014-2015 school year, our students took the assessment.
The PARCC assessment replaced Mississippi Curriculum Test – 2nd edition (MCT2) for English Language arts and Mathematics for grades 3 through 8 and the Subject Area Testing Program – 2nd edition (SATP2) for Algebra I and English II. Testing in grades 3 through 8 and in high school in Science, English Language Arts and Math are required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The test results provide valuable information for parents and communities on whether students are learning and making progress in school.
The Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards call on students to have not only solid content knowledge but also the skills to apply their knowledge in ways demanded by colleges, careers and citizenship in the 21st century. Whether they want to go to college or straight into the workplace, students need to be able to think critically and solve complex problems. Ensuring that our students have these tools empowers parents and students, because it gives them the ability to make choices about their future and make the most of their opportunities.
The PARCC test results are the first for Mississippi’s students to measure higher learning goals. Mississippi’s new assessment system has several benefits not found in previous assessment systems, including benefits to:
- students, who will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college and careers;
- teachers, who will receive results to guide learning and instruction;
- parents, who will have clear and timely information about the progress of their children.
For more information about the PARCC results, please review the Parent Guide to PARCC Results.
To learn more about Mississippi’s assessment system, click here.