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PARCC Releases Sample Common Core Test Items

PARCC has released additional sample test questions for its upcoming assessments of Common Core Tate Standards. With this release, the group has now made sample questions available across all grade levels.

PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is one of the two state coalitions tasked with developing assessments for Common Core State Standards that will be administered nationwide in the 2014–2015 school year. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia currently make up the coalition, representing about 22 million K-12 students enrolled in public schools.

According to PARCC, "The sample items have gone through a rigorous review process to ensure they are of high quality and reflect the range of items that will be on the operational tests."

The sample items can be freely accessed on PARCC's site. Additionally, PARCC is planning to make the sample items available on its own technology platform later this year, "providing an opportunity for students and teachers to try out the assessment system in the manner in which it will be administered."

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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