How PARCC differs from MCAS

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 In English Language Arts/literacy, the PARCC assessments will take a deeper look at student writing abilities and critical-thinking skills. Some states will be adding a writing component that isn’t currently part of MCAS.

 In math, students will have to solve complex problems, show their work, and demonstrate how they solved the problem. These new assessments will more closely resemble classroom work.


 PARCC’s assessments are designed to measure the full range of knowledge and skills students need to be career- and college-ready or on track toward that goal.

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 The PARCC assessments will be innovative in design and more engaging for students.

 PARCC assessments will measure a full range of student performance, including the performance of high-achieving and low-achieving students.