Overview: PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states, including MA, that have come together to develop a high-quality student assessment system linked to the more rigorous Common Core ELA and math standards that have recently been implemented across the state and most of the country. This new assessment will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal beginning in grade 3, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. Within the next couple of years, the PARCC assessment will be taken by students in grades 3-11 in ELA and math in lieu of the current MCAS test. The PARCC assessment will be administered online and the main focus is to assess students’ ability to think critically and apply knowledge, as oppose to assessing the memorization of facts, which many argue is the MCAS test’s greatest shortcoming. You can find more information on PARCC at The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has not yet been determined when the PARCC will formally replace the ELA and math MCAS tests

Two thirds of the public schools in Massachusetts have been selected to participate in the PARCC field testing. Andover is one of those districts chosen to implement a PARCC Field Test with a randomly selected sample of students. Andover Schools selected by PARCC for the online field testing include: High Plain Elementary School, South School, West Elementary School, Doherty Middle School, West Middle School, Wood Hill Middle School, and Andover High School. If your child's class has been randomly selected by DESE to take the online PARCC Field Test, you will receive a letter from your child’s principal.

Please take a moment to read the information on PARCC and at If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.