MCAS vs. PARCC
■ 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.
■ 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.