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In spring 2014, the PARCC Field Test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states. The PARCC Field Test represents a critical milestone in PARCC’s work toward building assessments for the 2014-15 school year, and will give students and local educators the opportunity to experience the administration of PARCC assessments. The Field Test will be conducted in a random selection of schools across PARCC states. The sample of students in the selected schools will represent the demographics of each state and PARCC as a whole.

This site contains resources that may be useful for schools and districts as they prepare to administer the PARCC assessments for the spring 2014 Field Test. These resources will allow educators in all PARCC states to:

Resources Tab

  • Begin reviewing schools’ device and network readiness for administration of PARCC assessments

  • Explore training and support materials designed specifically for the spring 2014 Field Test

Sample Items Tab

  • Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will use when taking the Field Test

Tutorial Tab

  • Gain familiarity with the computer based tools and features that will appear on the PARCC assessments

Practice Tests Tab

  • Try out a full length practice test

SystemCheck Resources

The PARCC SystemCheck for TestNav was designed to help district and school technology personnel begin to assess their overall technology readiness for computer-based testing. This tool includes two tabs, the first addresses device readiness and the second looks at network infrastructure readiness. The functions of each tab are detailed below:

  1. The “Check Your System” tab – Includes tools to validate whether system requirements are met on each testing workstation and to verify whether TestNav can display and run on the workstation.
  2. The “Testing Capacity” tab – Includes bandwidth testing for Internet and Proctor Caching connections and provides volume estimates for capacity planning.

NOTE: On 1/17/2014 changes were made to the PARCC SystemCheck calculation for testing capacity. Schools that used the SystemCheck Tool testing capacity function prior to these changes will need to re-run the testing capacity calculation. Using the most recent version of the SystemCheck Tool will ensure your testing capacity is sufficient for the number of concurrent students you plan to test during the Spring 2014 PARCC Field Test.

Name Description Audience Publication Date
SystemCheck User's Guide The SystemCheck User’s Guide includes step-by-step instructions for using the SystemCheck tool to review device and network readiness.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
2/6/2014
SystemCheck Tool The SystemCheck Tool allows customers to validate that their testing workstations meet the minimum requirements needed to run TestNav. This tool has two tabs; the first includes tools to validate system requirements and verify whether TestNav can display and run on a workstation, and the second provides bandwidth testing for Internet and Proctor Caching connections.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
11/20/2013
SystemCheck Tool Training SystemCheck Tool Training is a PowerPoint presentation with step-by-step instructions for conducting a SystemCheck.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
11/20/2013
SystemCheck Tool Training Module The SystemCheck Tool Training Module contains information about using the SystemCheck tool to review device and network readiness. It provides information about the content and usage of the two available tools, and examples of error messages and successful completion of device check and network capacity check.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
11/20/2013

Proctor Caching Resources

PARCC strongly recommends the use of Proctor Caching to reduce the bandwidth requirements on your network and internet service provider. Proctor Caching software will be available to all PARCC schools as part of the Pearson TestNav 8 delivery platform. Caching helps avoid potential bottlenecks from testing traffic due to slower network switches, a shared Internet connection, or any other constraint from large-scale assessment traffic.

Name Description Audience Publication Date
Proctor Caching Installer The Proctor Caching Installer is a software program that enables districts to download encrypted test content to a local computer. This reduces the amount of bandwidth required for online testing.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
12/9/2013
Proctor Caching Guide The Proctor Caching Guide includes step-by-step instructions for using the Proctor Cache System.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
12/9/2013
Proctor Caching Strategies This guide provides Proctor Caching Strategies to better manage network traffic demand during online high-stakes assessments.
  • LEA/District Test Coordinators
  • School Test Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators
8/2/2013

Sample Items

Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will use when taking the Field Test later this spring. Teachers, students, parents and others can engage with the different types of items (drag-and-drop, multiple select, etc.) and computer based tools (calculator, highlighter, etc.) that will be available. These Sample Item Sets are web-based, available 24/7, and require no log in or password. To get a true understanding of the range of rigor, item types and functionalities, users should try test items in more than just one grade, as each grade level does not have all item types. Sample Items will not be scored.

The PARCC ELA/Literacy summative assessments will include one prose constructed response (PCR) item for each of the tasks that appear on the performance-based assessment component of the PARCC summative assessments. PARCC draft generic rubrics are available to score the three PCRs for Grade 3, Grades 4-5, and Grades 6-11. Click here for more information on rubrics.

PDF versions of the sample items are also available here.

Wait! Before you start, does your computer, laptop, or tablet have what it takes? The PARCC assessment works with many devices and browsers, but not all. Find out the technology guidelines here.
Name Audience ELA Literacy Rubric Additional Information Publication Date

Grade 3-5 ELA Item Set

Grade 3-5 Math Item Set

  • Grades 3-5 students
  • Grades 3-5 educators

Grade 3 - Generic Rubrics

Grades 4-5 - Generic Rubrics

While the availability of some passages is limited temporarily due to pending permissions, PARCC is continuing to present all sample items to support users in better understanding item types and functionalities. 3/13/2014

Grade 6-8 ELA Item Set

Grade 6-8 Math Item Set

  • Grades 6-8 students
  • Grades 6-8 educators
Grades 6-11 - Generic Rubrics While the availability of some passages is limited temporarily due to pending permissions, PARCC is continuing to present all sample items to support users in better understanding item types and functionalities. 3/13/2014

High School ELA Item Set

High School Math Item Set

  • High school students
  • High school educators
Grades 6-11 - Generic Rubrics
3/13/2014

Tutorial

The purpose of the tutorial is to demonstrate the navigation and tools available on the assessment technology platform (TestNav 8). The tutorial will contain a sequence of screens that demonstrate basic TestNav 8 navigation and tools. The items appearing in this tutorial are not PARCC items. They are samples used to allow students and educators to gain familiarity with the technology platform that will be used for PARCC assessments.

Wait! Before you start, does your computer, laptop, or tablet have what it takes? The PARCC assessment works with many devices and browsers, but not all. Find out the technology guidelines here.
Name Description Audience Publication Date
Tutorial This tutorial should be used to familiarize students with how to navigate the TestNav 8 computer-based environment (advancing, going back, tool bar, embedded supports and accommodations) Students and Educators 1/17/2014
These quick reference guides will help familiarize students with how to use the Equation Editor Tool. Students and Educators 3/26/2014
Equation Editor Tutorial Students and Educators Coming Soon
These tutorials will help familiarize students with how to use the TestNav 8 computer-based Text to Speech accommodation. Students and Educators 4/6/2014
Graphing Calculator (Windows)

These links connect to Texas Instruments' Graphing Calculator software trial version that can be downloaded and accessed for 90 days. The software may be used to familiarize students with the online Texas Instruments TI-84+ graphing calculator which is available in the Infrastructure Trial, Field Tests, and Operational Tests for High School math.

At this time, there is a version for Windows and a Macintosh version, but there is not currently an iOS or Chromebook version.

Students and Educators 2/10/2014
Graphing Calculator (Mac)

These links connect to Texas Instruments' Graphing Calculator software trial version that can be downloaded and accessed for 90 days. The software may be used to familiarize students with the online Texas Instruments TI-84+ graphing calculator which is available in the Infrastructure Trial, Field Tests, and Operational Tests for High School math.

At this time, there is a version for Windows and a Macintosh version, but there is not currently an iOS or Chromebook version.

Students and Educators 2/10/2014

English Language Arts/Literacy Practice Tests

Want to see PARCC items in action? Would you like to know how PARCC is different from previous tests?

Wait! Before you start, does your computer, laptop, or tablet have what it takes? The PARCC assessment works with many devices and browsers, but not all. Find out the technology guidelines here.

There will be two major releases of the Practice Test:

Spring 2014 Release

The spring 2014 release will consist of Performance-Based Assessment tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and End-of-Year tests in mathematics.

What's available:

  • Grades 3–11 Performance-Based Assessment tests for ELA
  • Grades 3–8 End-of-Year tests for mathematics
  • Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II End-of-Year tests for mathematics

Notes about scoring:

  1. The spring 2014 release will not have scoring capability built into the tool. PARCC will provide answer keys and rubrics.
  2. The PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy summative assessments will include one prose constructed response item for each of the tasks that appears on the Performance-Based Assessment component. Teachers can score the three prose constructed responses by looking at the draft. Learn more about rubrics.

Fall 2014 Release

What's available:

  • Grades 3–11 End-of-Year tests for ELA
  • Grades 3–8 Performance-Based tests for mathematics
  • Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II Performance-Based tests for mathematics

Notes about scoring:

  1. The fall 2014 release will have scoring capability built into the tool. PARCC will also provide rubrics for the prose constructed responses.

Screen Reader Compatible:

For students who require the use of screen reading software to access the practice test, PARCC has released the ELA PBA in an HTML version that is compatible with JAWS, versions 13 & 14 and NVDA, version 2014. To launch the practice test, select the appropriate practice test and a drop down will be displayed to select the Grade 3 Practice Test in the standard TestNav version as well as the Grade 3 Practice Test that is Screen Reader compatible.

English Language Arts/Literacy

Practice Test Audience Rubric/Answer Keys Additional Information Publication Date
  • Grade 3 students
  • Grade 3 educators

Grade 3 Generic Rubrics

Grade 3 Answer Keys

This set contains the Narrative Writing Task and the Literary Analysis Task. The Research Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 4 students
  • Grade 4 educators

Grade 4-5 Generic Rubrics

Grade 4 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 5 students
  • Grade 5 educators

Grade 4-5 Generic Rubrics

Grade 5 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 6 students
  • Grade 6 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 6 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 7 students
  • Grade 7 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 7 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 8 students
  • Grade 8 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 8 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 9 students
  • Grade 9 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 9 Answer Keys

This set contains the Narrative Writing Task and the Research Task. The Literary Analysis Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 10 students
  • Grade 10 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 10 Answer Keys

This set contains all three PBA tasks, the Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task. 3/24/2014
  • Grade 11 students
  • Grade 11 educators

Grade 6-11 Generic Rubrics

Grade 11 Answer Keys

This set contains the Literary Analysis Task and the Research Task. The Narrative Writing Task is currently not available due to pending permissions. The task will be added as permissions are granted. 3/24/2014

Mathematics Practice Tests

Want to see PARCC items in action? Would you like to know how PARCC is different from previous tests?

Wait! Before you start, does your computer, laptop, or tablet have what it takes? The PARCC assessment works with many devices and browsers, but not all. Find out the technology guidelines here.

There will be two major releases of the Practice Test:

Spring 2014 Release

The spring 2014 release will consist of Performance-Based Assessment tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and End-of-Year tests in mathematics.

What's available:

  • Grades 3–11 Performance-Based Assessment tests for ELA
  • Grades 3–8 End-of-Year tests for mathematics
  • Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II End-of-Year tests for mathematics

Notes about scoring:

  1. The spring 2014 release will not have scoring capability built into the tool. PARCC will provide answer keys and rubrics.
  2. The PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy summative assessments will include one prose constructed response item for each of the tasks that appears on the Performance-Based Assessment component. Teachers can score the three prose constructed responses by looking at the draft. Learn more about rubrics.

Fall 2014 Release

What's available:

  • Grades 3–11 End-of-Year tests for ELA
  • Grades 3–8 Performance-Based tests for mathematics
  • Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II Performance-Based tests for mathematics

Notes about scoring:

  1. The fall 2014 release will have scoring capability built into the tool. PARCC will also provide rubrics for the prose constructed responses.

Mathematics

Practice Test Audience Rubric/Answer Keys Additional Information Publication Date
Grade 3 EOY
  • Grade 3 students
  • Grade 3 educators
Grade 3 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014
Grade 4 EOY
  • Grade 4 students
  • Grade 4 educators
Grade 4 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014
Grade 5 EOY
  • Grade 5 students
  • Grade 5 educators
Grade 5 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014
Grade 6 EOY
  • Grade 6 students
  • Grade 6 educators
Grade 6 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014
Grade 7 EOY
  • Grade 7 students
  • Grade 7 educators
Grade 7 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014
Grade 8 EOY
  • Grade 8 students
  • Grade 8 educators
Grade 8 Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/8/2014
Algebra I EOY
  • Algebra I students
  • Algebra I educators
Algebra I Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/8/2014
Geometry EOY
  • Geometry students
  • Geometry educators
Geometry Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/8/2014
Algebra II EOY
  • Algebra II students
  • Algebra II educators
Algebra II Answer Keys This set contains a complete EOY test. 4/6/2014

For further information about the PARCC Field Test, please visit the following sites: