The  Partnership for the  Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests  are online assessments of student mastery of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. PARCC tests  are  being developed  for use  by a  consortium of  18  states  –  including Massachusetts – plus the District of Columbia. In Massachusetts, the PARCC assessments will be field- tested in the spring of 2014 and will be an option for districts to administer in the spring of 2015. If approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), PARCC will be operational state – wide in the spring of 2016.

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