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About the Colorado CMAS Assessment (PARCC)

What is the Colorado CMAS Assessment (PARCC)?


The PARCC Assessment (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is the newly developed standardized testing administered in 13 states and Washington DC.  The PARCC is specifically designed around the Common Core State Standards and focuses on Mathematics and Language Arts / Literacy.


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About the PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

The PARCC tests are high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy). They are carefully crafted to give teachers, schools, students, and parents better and more useful information on how we’re preparing our kids for their futures. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

Participating states include:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island



Colorado Commitment to Higher Standards

Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids, called for the development of rigorous standards for students. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) engaged in a year-long process to update its academic standards in English language proficiency and ten content areas. After releasing drafts of the standards for public comment, the State Board of Education adopted the Colorado Academic Standards in 2009. The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts began as the Colorado Academic Standards were being developed. Once the Common Core State Standards were released, the CDE commissioned a study to compare the state’s reading, writing and communicating standards and math standards with the Common Core State Standards. The study showed close alignment of the two sets of standards. Using the results of the study and feedback from the standards development committees, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts in August 2010.

The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Participating State in the spring of 2010, helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system, and became a Governing State in PARCC in August 2012.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

The Colorado Department of Higher Education, representing both two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities, has committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 100% of entering freshman students at public colleges and universities in Colorado.


 
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