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

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 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 11 - VF643125 Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 12 - M02080 Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 13 - M00778 Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 14 - 0493-M02313Y Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 15 - 0228-M00781 Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 16 - M02320 Math 4th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 17 - VF565302 Math 4th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math 2016 - Alignment Document Math 4th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 04 Math 2016 - Item Set Math 4th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document Grade 04 Math 2016 - Key Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math 2016 - Sample Student responses - Item 26 - VH049218 Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 27 - M01243 Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 28 - M03520 Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 29 -VH049229 Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 04 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 30 - VH094716 Math 4th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 05 ELA - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 05 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 05 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 05 ELA - M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 05 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Item Set English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 05 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 05 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Item Set English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 05 ELA - Research Simulation Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 05 ELA - S/M Literary Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 5th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 05 ELA 2016 - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 5th Grade 2016

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