2017 PARCC Assessment - Letter to Parents

2017 PARCC Assessment
Posted on 03/15/2017
2017 PARCC Assessment


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Next week, the PARCC Assessment will be given to every District 205 student in grades 3-8. (High School students will take the SAT in April instead of PARCC this year.) The PARCC Assessment is designed to measure a student’s progress toward mastering the New Illinois Learning Standards. Teachers use the results of this and other assessments to help tailor instruction to your child’s specific learning needs, and to help prepare students for college and careers later in life.

School principals have developed testing schedules to meet the needs of their individual buildings. This year, PARCC will consist of 3 units of Math and 3 or 4 units of English/Language Arts assessments, depending on the grade level. No more than 2 testing units will be given on any individual day. We plan to complete most testing by the first week of April, before Spring Break begins. Make Up tests will be administered as needed.

Most students in District 205 will take the test using Chromebooks. Students in Grades 3-8 are encouraged to bring their own wired (not wireless) headphones or earbuds to school on testing days, as some parts of the assessment include audio/video elements. Students’ cell phones must remain powered-off during the entire testing session. When students have finished interacting with the test, they may read a school-appropriate book or magazine, or work on homework that is not related to the subject area being tested that day.  

Parents can help their students by:

  • Encouraging students to stay positive and do their best on these assessments

  • Making sure students get a good night’s sleep before testing

  • Eating a good breakfast each morning

  • Ensuring that students arrive at school on time

All public schools in Illinois are required by state and federal laws to administer the PARCC assessment. You may contact the Illinois State Board of Education’s Assessment Division with questions about this mandate toll-free at 866-317-6034.  Parents can learn more about PARCC at:


Ralph Grimm

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