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).

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
Item Set-PDF Grade 07 Math - PBA - Item Set Math 7th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 07 Math - PBA - Key Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Resources - Item 11 - VF650458 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 12 - VF560696 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 13 - M20592 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 14 - M21521 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 15 - VF654249 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 16 - H030360 Math 7th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math - PBA - Sample Student Responses - Item 17 - M21894 Math 7th Grade 2015
Supplemental Document Grade 07 Math 2016 - Alignment Document Math 7th Grade 2016
Item Set-PDF Grade 07 Math 2016 - Item Set Math 7th Grade 2016
Supplemental Document Grade 07 Math 2016 - Key Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 19 - M20598 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 25 - 1449_M22048 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 27 - VF657972 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 28 - 1591-M22550 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 32 - M25735 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 35 - VH083521 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 07 Math 2016 - Sample Student Responses - Item 37 - 1161-M20976 Math 7th Grade 2016
Sample Student Responses Grade 08 ELA - Conventions - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 08 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Item Set English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015
Sample Student Responses Grade 08 ELA - Literary Analysis Task - Sample Student Responses English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 08 ELA - Literary Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 08 ELA - M/L Informational Text Set - Item Set English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015
Item Set-PDF Grade 08 ELA - Narrative Writing Task - Item Set English Language Arts 8th Grade 2015

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