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PARCC Testing: What You Should Know

PARCC Update

In Spring 2015, Crete-Monee students in grades 3-8 and students in Freshman English and Algebra 1 took the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam.

2015 Results – Baseline Data for Future Growth
The results from the 2015 PARCC results are considered baseline data for future student performance growth. This is because the PARCC assessment is a new and different test. Unlike our previous state tests, ISAT and PSAE, PARCC is an online test that measures how well students are performing against the new state standards that guide math and English language arts instruction.

The PARCC tests allow students to demonstrate a real understanding of what they know and can do by writing essays, solving real-world problems, and reading and analyzing complex text—all critical skills in the real-world.

PARCC has determined 5 performance levels and cut scores for those levels based on the student results from last spring’s initial PARCC assessment. The results from the Performance-Based Assessment (March) and End-of-Year Assessment (May) were combined for a maximum score of 850 points for each subject area tested – ELA and Math.

You may find a description of the performance levels at:

On December 11, 2015 PARCC scores for schools and districts across Illinois were posted on the Illinois Report Card website. You may access those scores at The website provides a wealth of information – academic progress, district environment, students, educators, and school highlights.

In January parents will receive their students’ individual score reports (ISRs) as well as invitations to school informational sessions about how to interpret their students’ scores.

Sample individual student reports and other parent resources are located on the following websites:

Changes for 2016
For 2016, the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) are combined into one PARCC assessment resulting in a reduced number of test sessions and testing time.

Schools will have a 30-day window between March 7th and May 13th in which to test students.
Crete-Monee School District 201U will test students as follows:

 CMHS and MEC:
 March 7 - April 21, 2016
 Students in Algebra I and English I (9th Grade)
 K-8 Schools:
 April 4 - May 13, 2016
 Students in Grades 3-8 - ELA and Math

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