Sample Score Report - English Language Arts

Understanding Your Child's Test Results

The PARCC test was designed to provide clear information on your child’s progress toward meeting grade level expectations and mastering important skills like critical thinking. The score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. This information, along with grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.

Next Steps For Parents

Score Report Guide: Step One

Overall Score

Your student’s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on-track with grade-level expectations. Level 1 indicates the greatest need for improvement and Level 5 indicates the strongest performance.

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Scores on the new assessments are an academic checkup and will provide information to help teachers and schools adjust instruction to meet your child’s needs.

Help your child at home

Families of students in grades 3-8 can take advantage of the GreatKids Test Guide for Parents to better understand what their child was tested on and how to support their child’s learning, grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject. To get started, grab your score report and choose your state and the grade your child was in last year. Also available en Espanol.

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Parent Questions & Answers

What can I do to support my child?

There are many online resources that provide information about the standards for each grade, tools to enhance your child’s learning in these areas, and examples of the types of work that meet standards. We have collected some of the best resources for you. There may also be organizations in your community that have tutoring and enrichment programs. Your local library may have a book club, or a community center may have after-school programs to help with homework. Visit our Help your Child page to find links, helpful teacher videos and other resources.

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Top resources for parents

Educator-built, kid-tested questions will better prepare students

The PARCC consortium released the test questions from this year's PARCC assessments to give teachers a powerful tool to inform classroom instruction and parents insight into the kinds of questions students are seeing on their tests. Visit the Partnership Resource Center, register, browse and learn more about assessments in the classroom. Visit website >

Parent Checklist: 5 Ways to Help Your Child

Here is a helpful five-step checklist for parents to help their kids get ready for testing. It features links to a host of resources from PARCC and partners such as the National Parent Teacher Association, Learning Heroes, Raise the Bar, and Great Kids, that provide parents and teachers with information about when the assessments will be given, what will be expected of them when they are testing, and much more. Download PDF >

“We have to raise the bar higher to show them that our expectations are high. And I guarantee you: Students will rise to that challenge.”

Marti Shirley, Math Teacher, Illinois

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“Now there is a much deeper, richer understanding of each student's work, and ultimately parents can be more empowered to have meaningful conversations with teachers.”

Dr. Bari Erlichson, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education

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“This year is a new baseline for students. States have raised expectations for all students and transitioned to new, more engaging assessments. We are asking more out of our kids, and I think that's a good thing.”

Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

“We’re actually assessing what we value, which is being able to apply mathematics to real world situations.”

Becky Loker, Supervisor of Instruction, Mathematics, St. Mary’s County, MD

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“The PARCC assessment is a good tool to help make sure our students are ready to succeed.”

Yufanyi Nshom, Algebra Instructor, Washington, DC

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