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PARCC Testing

Learn more about how NERIC is supporting districts around PARCC testing:

For more information, contact:

Mary McGeoch, Managing Program Coordinator
(518) 862-5318



The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.

The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.


The PARCC Vision

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:

  • Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
  • Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards
  • Supports educators in the classroom
  • Makes better use of technology in assessments
  • Advances accountability at all levels


New York has committed to field testing the PARCC assessment and will continue to support the successful development of these next generation assessments, which promise an innovative design that is supportive of classroom instruction and student learning. Because New York State currently has high-quality Common Core assessments in place, the Board of Regents can be strategic about the timeline for implementing the PARCC assessment to ensure a smooth transition. Department staff will provide a PARCC update to the Board of Regents in the fall, and until the Board establishes a timeline for transition, New York will continue to administer its own New York State Common Core assessments for accountability purposes at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels.

NERIC will be reaching out to Testing and Data Coordinators with a copy to Chief School Officers in your region regarding the timely loading of data for districts that have agreed to participate in the PARCC pilot, as provided to us by NYSED. NYSED and Pearson/PARCC has clarified critical deadlines for the student data upload and the NERIC will be providing pilot districts with upload files for the entire grade for the test pilot. Once the district has uploaded the file to Pearson/PARCC, they will need to delete those students/sections that will not be included in the pilot. Since this is a pilot, NERIC will be working with the districts in the pilot, NYSED and PARCC to refine the processes used for the upload and transfer of files once PARCC moves beyond the pilot phase.

During the pilot, there will not be a charge from NERIC. Information collected as a part of participating in this pilot will help guide the NERIC in creating the most efficient service for component districts.