The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a modern assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests. It not only evaluates a student's progress but also provides better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual student needs.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
the following states took PARCC assessments in the 2014-15 school year:
California, Connecticut ,Delaware, Hawaii ,Idaho ,Michigan ,Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington.
Do you want to know what taking the English/Language Arts/Literacy portion or the Mathematics portion of the PARCC Assessments are like? A practice test for Mathematics and Reading for all grades are now available for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the tests
Practice tests for grade levels 3-11 for both the Performance-Based and End-of-Year components of the assessment are available online for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the ELA/Literacy PARCC assessment. Answer keys are available.
Practice tests for grade levels 3-8, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Integrated Pathways are available Online, Both Online testing and using paper and pencil methods are given.
..."The Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use on the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test and/or the spring 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessments. The Training Test is organized by grade bands (grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school) and each test contains six questions. The questions on the Training Test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types. The Training Tests do not contain performance tasks. Similar to the Practice Test, the the Training Test includes all embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations..." source
The practice tests require a sign in as a guest which is simple to use. The test can be taken in either English or Spanish. Tests are available for Grades 3-12 for both Math and ELA Training Tests.