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March 29, 2017

Dear Duke Ellington Parent/Guardian(s):

The Duke Ellington High School of the Arts will administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and DC Science assessments immediately following Spring Break from Tuesday, April 25th to Wednesday, May 10th, 2017. PARCC is an annual assessment that measures students’ readiness for college and careers as outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for high school education. It is a timed, computer-based test that assesses grade/course-level content knowledge and application in ELA/Literacy and Math.

Student data from the PARCC exam informs district-wide instructional decisions that have a direct impact on schools and students. This information is used by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to ensure accountability and compliance with federal education mandates. As such, it is important that Ellington students are encouraged, equipped and empowered to put forward their best effort on the PARCC exam, which has a significant and determining impact on how well students perform on the PSAT/ SAT exams as well as the measure of our academic performance as an institution. There is no “opt-out” option within DCPS as PARCC is required for all students and schools.

The PARCC assessment is divided into the six units that include multiple-choice, constructed response, reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning questions. Students must take all units to receive a complete score report.

Schools use information from the exam to better plan instruction, supports and enrichment for students in the coming year, and to strengthen the quality of instruction for all students across disciplines.

Students will take the PARCC and DC Science assessments on laptop computers. This requires significant usage of the limited wireless bandwidth available at our Meyer Campus. We ask all students to leave their cell phones at home during PARCC testing. If your student must bring a cell phone to school, please make sure that it is turned off or in airplane mode during the school day. Cell phone use will diminish our limited wireless access and disrupt the administration of the assessment.

You can find a suite of helpful PARCC resources online, including score reports, at and to help you better understand and prepare your student for the PARCC assessment.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to promote the success of our students on the PARCC exam by encouraging your student to do their absolute best and by making sure your student is present and on-time for school during PARCC testing. If you have any questions regarding the PARCC assessment, please feel free to contact us.

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Desepe de Vargas

Letter from the Chancellor regarding PARCC Testing: