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.

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.

Guides to Understanding the Scoring

New: Please see the PARCC ELA/L Released Items Summary Chart for a quick overview of the available 2015 and 2016 tasks and sets.

Due to copyright infringement we are unable to provide additional information (e.g., chapter, page numbers, start and ending points) for the 2015 passages that do not have permissions. The only suggestion we can provide at this time is to try to use the language of the items to determine which section the excerpt appears. There may be some key words in the items that would provide a hint to the appropriate location.

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Resource Type Resource Name Subject Grade Level Release Year
Sample Student Responses Grade 03 Math 2016- Sample Student Responses - Item 34 - 4508 M05031 Math 3rd Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA - S/M Literary Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA -M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Item Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Narrative Writing Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Narrative Writing Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Research Simulation Task - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 ELA 2016 - Research Simulation Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA 2016 - S/M Literary Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 ELA 2016 -M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 4th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math - EOY - Alignment Document Math 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 Math - EOY - Item Set Math 4th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math - EOY - Key Math 4th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math - PBA - Alignment Document Math 4th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 Math - PBA - Item Set Math 4th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math - PBA - Key Math 4th Grade 2015

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