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PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered to students in English Language Arts and mathematics.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.

For more information, please visit www.parcconline.org.

 Announcements  (6/15/15)

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 Information for Test Coordinators (5/15/15)


  • PARCC Manuals
  • Spring Test Coordinator and Test Administrator Manuals
  • Accessibility and Accommodations Manual, Third Edition (complete, includes Appendices A-K, 230 pages, 6.2 MB) pdf (2/4/15)
  • Who May Administer the PARCC Assessments? PDF format (10/14) 
  • Message regarding students who have not previously taken the PSAE

    Those students who did not take PSAE prior to this school year and who are eligible to receive a regular high school diploma either immediately or through the end of the 2014-2015 school year AND who are not enrolled in a course teaching the standards of Algebra II, Math III or ELA III prior to their date of graduation, may be considered to receive a regular high school diploma at the discretion of the district.

    To assist with making this possible, ISBE has removed the grade 11 programming in SIS to allow students who have not previously taken the PSAE to be eligible as grade 12.  Rule making on the diploma requirement and State assessments is forthcoming.

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 Illinois Educator Leader Cadre (ELC)

  • The Illinois Educator Leader Cadre (ELC) is a network of educators who assist the state board staff in building awareness and understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the PARCC assessments. This group of professionals was chosen through an application process as part of the services offered by the PARCC consortium. Over the last two years members have received additional training on the CCSS and PARCC. The ELC members are working together to build understanding through newsletters, workshops and presentations. These educators have presented both locally and statewide.

    To find an ELC member in your region, please download the statewide map below.
  • ELC Member Statewide Map PDF format (9/14)
  • Teacher Leader Cadre Welcome Webinar (36:00) - October 28, 2014
  • PowerPoint Presentation PDF format

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 Resources and Documents (5/8/15)

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 Presentations and Webinars (6/5/15)

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 Contact Us


  • Questions about Assessments?

  • Assessment Division – 866-317-6034
  • ISBE Contacts
  • Illinois Educator Leader Cadre (ELC)
  • Assessment Listservs

  • If you are interested in receiving direct information from ISBE’s Student Assessment Division, please subscribe to one or both of our listservs:

  • Student Assessment Listserv


    The listserv will provide members with the most up-to-date information regarding Illinois state testing.
  • Subscribe by sending a blank email to assessment@isbe.net with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.
  • Student Assessment Listserv Archive

  • Technology Point of Contact Listserv


    This listserv will provide direct information on Assessment Technology including the most up-to-date information dealing with computer testing, E-rate and PARCC technology information.
  • Subscribe by sending a blank email to jbaiter@isbe.net with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

  • Technology Point of Contact Listserv Archive

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