Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers


Math, English language arts

Grade levels

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; high school

About the test

The PARCC tests, which resulted from the collaboration of several states and PARCC Inc., are considered end-of-course exams. For students in grades 3 through 8, they are given toward the end of the school year. For students in high school, they are normally given to students after they complete most of algebra 1, geometry, or algebra 2 in math or their ninth, 10th, or 11th-grade English course.

For the English test, students read passages from real texts (fiction and non-fiction) and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they’ve learned from the passages and multi-media to support their arguments. The PARCC tests in English language arts measure writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.

Students also solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding.

Standards being assessed

Common Core – math
Common Core – English language arts

Accommodation information

PARCC Accommodations Manual

Archive from prior years

2015-16 results for Maryland: