This school year, students in Grades 3-11 will participate in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) reading and mathematics assessments. PARCC will be administered in December through January, and again in April through May. Students in Grade 11 will take the Accuplacer in math as a measure of college and career readiness. The Accuplacer will be administered in March through April. High school freshman also take the High School Assessment (HSA) in Local, State and National (LSN) Government.

For the English/Language Arts portion of the PARCC assessment, students read several passages and write several responses. The mathematics portion of the assessment requires students to solve problems, express math reasoning and apply concepts to solve real world problems. Students in Grades 5 and 8 will also take the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) in March.

CCPS administers other assessments in reading and mathematics for students in Grades 1-12. The information from these tests is used to monitor student progress in mastering content and also is used by instructional staff to design programs that better prepare students for accountability testing. Students may also take county assessments in science, social studies, physical education, fine arts and foreign language courses, depending on their grade level or course schedule. All kindergarten students will be assessed in the fall using the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA), a statewide assessment that measures school readiness and provides teachers with information about their students.

Testing windows are outlined throughout the Parent Handbook/Calendar and on the school system website calendar. Information about graduation assessment requirements is included in the High School Program of Studies posted on the school system website at Student test results can be viewed on ParentVue and StudentVue, under the Testing tab located on the left-hand side after you log in to the account. This feature is not yet available on the mobile app. Questions can be directed to the testing coordinator/learning resource teacher at individual schools.


Sept. 10 - Sept. 28 Pretest assessment window
Dec. 4 - Jan. 24 High school PARCC testing window
Jan. 7 - Jan. 18 First-semester post-test assessment;  Grade 5 & 8 Mock MISA window
Jan. 7 - Feb. 22 English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) window
Jan. 7 - Feb. 1 HSA LSN Government; MISA testing window for high school;
Feb. 19 - March 8 Post-test assessment window
March 11 - March 29 MISA window for grades 5 & 8
March 11 - May 10 Alt MISA testing for grades 5, 8 & 11
March 4 - March 27 Math Accuplacer assessment window
March 18 - May 3 Maryland Multi State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) window
April 26 - June 7 PARCC assessments
May 7 - June 7 HSA/MISA testing for high school students
May 13 - May 24 Second semester post-test assessment window