PARCC Assessment Information

The primary purpose of sharing samples of PARCC items is to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests. The samples presented here are designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may appear in PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments.

Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu. There are two types of samples found on these pages:

• Task Prototypes, which were released in August 2012; and,
• Sample Items, which were released beginning on August 15, 2013

The task prototypes were created to provide viable early models to guide item development. The sample items represent the current state of PARCC item development and provide users a snapshot of what the 2014-2015 assessments will look like.

The new sample items are first presented in PDF format to emphasize a focus on the content of the items. Later in 2013, the new sample items will be re-released as technology-based items that students, educators, and parents can use to better understand the content and the technologies PARCC will be using.