The states that make up the PARCC consortium are taking the exceptional step of releasing test items from this year’s PARCC assessment to give teachers a powerful tool to inform and improve classroom teaching and learning. The test items were built with robust mathematics problems and authentic reading passages selected and reviewed extensively by dozens of educators from PARCC states. Learn more about the first release of PARCC test items.

How to use the PARCC Released Items

The catalog below includes scoring rubrics and guides to the scoring, as well as released item sets, answer keys, standards alignment, and sample student responses – scored and annotated. Learn more about how to use the catalog of released items.

Guides to Understanding the Scoring

Some Spring 2016 tasks/items will not be available until after Fall Block Administration (February 2017).

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Resource Type Resource Name Subject Grade Level Release Year
Manual *** Guide to Understanding Scoring: English Language Arts/Literacy Released Items 2015 English Language Arts 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2015
Manual *** Guide to Understanding Scoring: English Language Arts/Literacy Released Items 2016 English Language Arts 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2016
Manual *** Guide to Understanding Scoring: Mathematics Released Items 2015 Math 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2015
Manual *** Guide to Understanding Scoring: Mathematics Released Items 2015 & 2016 Math 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grade 3 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2015 English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grade 3 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2016 English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2016
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grades 4-5 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2015 English Language Arts 4th Grade, 5th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grades 4-5 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2016 English Language Arts 4th Grade, 5th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grades 6-11 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2015 English Language Arts 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rubric: Grades 6-11 – English Language Arts/Literacy 2016 English Language Arts 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rules: English Language Arts / Literacy 2015 & 2016 English Language Arts 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document - Scoring Rules: Mathematics Math 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA - M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA - S/M Literary Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA 2015 - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA 2016 - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 ELA 2016 - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 03 ELA 2016 - M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 3rd Grade 2016

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