Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) administered a new form of testing last school year for students in grades 3 through 11. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, also known as PARCC, assessments in reading and mathematics were administered at different times, starting in March and ending May 15.
PARCC assessments replace the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) exams in reading and math, and the High School Assessments (HSA) in English II and Algebra I.
When will PARCC information be released?
In November, the state will announce high school PARCC data. Elementary and middle school data will be released in December. CCPS will distribute individual high school student reports in early-to-mid December, while elementary and middle student score reports will reach households in early January.
The state is releasing PARCC scores later than normal because, as with most new state assessments, it takes time to analyze, evaluate and set the scores and performance ranges. There are no prior-year benchmarks to rely on. It is not unusual for results from the first year of a new state assessment to take longer to generate than in subsequent years.
What will PARCC results show?
PARCC results will show where students are doing well, and where they need help to catch up. A low PARCC score or performance level does not mean a child is failing to learn. It is an opportunity for growth, for fine-tuning instruction, and to help children work to meet grade-level expectations. Low scores also reflect the reality that PARCC is more rigorous than other kinds of exams. Over time, students will rise to the challenge, just as they have on the prior state assessments Maryland has given.
What is happing with PARCC this school year?
Overall, the PARCC test will be shorter by about 90 minutes and there will not be as much time spent testing. Students will take PARCC in English Language Arts and mathematics after they have completed 80 percent of the school year or the course in high school. This means there will only be one 30-day testing window, rather than the two testing windows in the prior school year.
The resources below were provided to CCPS from the Maryland State Department of Education, and include information on how PARCC assessments differ from testing used in prior school years.
Maryland's State Testing Program:
Protecting Student Data
Preparing Our Students for Changing World
The PAARC Difference