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

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are writing to inform you that Duke Ellington High School of the Arts will administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test this Spring. The testing window for Duke Ellington starts on April 26th and ends on May 27th. PARCC is an annual assessment that measures students’ readiness for college and careers as outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), for higher education. It is a timed, computer­ based test that assesses grade/course-level content knowledge and application in ELA/Literacy and Math. The 9th Grade Biology students will be taking the PARCC Biology Assessment on May 16th.

DC Science is the District of Columbia’s statewide assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It is an online assessment that focuses on sense-making and problem-solving in science. As students explore the NGSS learning standards, called Performance Expectations (PEs), they learn to make sense of natural phenomena and solve problems using approaches that scientists use. During the test, students use scientific principles, skills, and behaviors to observe phenomena, generate questions, conduct investigations, create models, predict outcomes, analyze results, and engage in argumentation and communication.

Student data from the PARCC 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. The PARCC is required for all students and schools in the District of Columbia.

The PARCC assessment is divided into several units per subject and there are 90 minutes in each unit. The test consists of multiple-choice, constructed response, reading comprehension, and mathematical reasoning questions. Students must take all units in order to receive a score report.

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

Most of our students will take the PARCC on laptop computers. This requires significant usage of the limited wireless bandwidth. For that reason, students will be asked to shut cell phones off and put them away during testing time.

You can find a suite of helpful PARCC resources online at: -For Reading, Math, and Science Support, and to help you better understand and prepare your student for the PARCC assessment.

We ask for your assistance in encouraging your child to do his or her best and making sure that your child is present and on time during testing time.

If you have any questions regarding the PARCC assessment, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.


Sandi Logan
Principal, Duke Ellington School of the Arts

PARCC Letter From Chancellor Ferebee (click here)