Maryland's State Assessment Program to be Streamlined: PARCC to be Shorter, Use Single Testing Window

Maryland students in grades 3-8 and high school will spend less time taking State assessments next year as a result of changes approved unanimously by the multi-state consortium governing the tests.

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) voted May 20, to consolidate the PARCC assessment's two testing windows into one and cut total test time by about 90 minutes overall beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The changes were made in response to feedback from parents, students, and educators during the first year of testing and a careful review of test design.

"Next year's PARCC tests will take less time away from lessons, and cause less disruption to school schedules, while still keeping students on track for college and careers," said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery. "These changes will help us focus on what's most important - ensuring that students are learning to think critically and master the skills they will need to graduate, ready for success."

PARCC Test Design Changes Summary.pdf