Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Illinois schools will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These online assessments are fully aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and math and are designed to make sure each student is not only prepared for the next grade level but also on track for postsecondary success. The PARCC system places a greater emphasis on academic rigor, critical thinking, problem solving and college and career readiness for all students.
The PARCC assessments replace both the Illinois Standards Achievement Test ( ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Third- through-eighth-graders will take the PARCC in both ELA and math. For high school students enrolled in specific courses, three PARCC tests will be available: Algebra II or Integrated Math III, and English Language Arts III.
The PARCC was developed to be an online system, offering more accommodations and support for test takers.
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