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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
 

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

 
Introduction

Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the 2015-2016 school year, the Hanover Public Schools participated in the PARCC exams in grades 3 through 8 in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics.  The PARCC exams have been designed to measure how well students have learned grade-level material in English/Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.  These exams included rigorous questions that require students to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to support or explain their answers.  

Our teachers have been working together at grade level and/or department teams to better understand how our students performed, and to ensure that our instruction is aligned and delivered to support students of all abilities. 

Our top priority is to ensure that all of our students have a meaningful, safe, and inspiring learning experience each day.  Standardized assessments are useful tools, and they are a part of our educational program, but they do not define our students, staff, or district.  We are proud of all of our students and we will continue to work very hard to provide them with an exceptional educational experience every day.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, building principal, or my office, directly. 

Respectfully,

Matthew A. Ferron
Superintendent of Schools

 
Overview

PARCCThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a multi-state consortium working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal beginning in grade 3, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. In spring 2015, 54 percent of districts in Massachusetts administered PARCC tests to students in grades 3-8.

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:

  • Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students,
  • Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,
  • Supports educators in the classroom,
  • Makes better use of technology in assessments, and Advances accountability at all levels.

Massachusetts has assumed a significant leadership role in the design and development of the PARCC Assessments.

 
PARCC Presentations and Information
 
Resources for Parents

Understanding the PARCC Score Report

 
Parent Guide to Understanding Your Child's Score
 
Additional PARCC / DESE Informational Links
 
Assessment Transition Plan

*Information obtained from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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