Dear Parents and Families,
Each spring, DC Public Schools (DCPS) students take part in an annual assessment to help us learn more about student and school progress. This assessment is called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).
In a few weeks, students in grades 3 through 8 and students enrolled in Geometry, Algebra, English I, or English II courses will take the PARCC to show what they have learned this year. Your child will participate in the test for three to six days between April 10 and May 23.
As an educator, I share your desire for our children to have rich experiences in school, while also gaining the knowledge they need to be prepared for the next grade, college, or a career. There are many ways to measure students’ learning, including tests. The PARCC is specifically built to measure the skills that students will need to be successful in the future, and along with student grades and teacher reports, will give a full picture of your child’s abilities.
At the school level, we use PARCC results to improve supports for your child. At the district level, the data is used to inform educator training and budget priorities. You can use your child’s results at home as an objective measure of their progress. Please join me and your child’s teachers in encouraging your child to do their best. The results impact local schools and all children in DCPS.
I invite you to visit dcps.dc.gov/parcc to find PARCC resources for parents, including a video that explains scoring and sample test questions. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal if you have any questions.
As we strive to become a district of both excellence and equity, the PARCC will be an important tool to help us provide every student with unique supports to help them succeed. Thank you for being partners in your child’s education!
Dr. Amanda Alexander
Interim Chancellor, DC Public Schools
1200 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
T 202.442.5885 F 202.442.5026