All About PARCC

PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) refers to a collection of exams administered to public school students on a yearly basis. Developed by experts from multiple states, PARCC exams are designed to measure scholar progress while maintaining Common Core standards for grades 3-11. Not only do states examine student performance by school, identifying problem areas, but schools assess individual student performance to determine where extra help may be required.

Are you interested in PARCC and other test prep for your child? Contact your academy to sign for SMART Saturday!

SMART Saturday for MS is Back!

Scholars and staff began PARCC prep during our in-person Saturday Academy also known as SMART Saturdays. SMART Saturdays begin at 9:00am in-person at Paul for middle school students only. Scholars who engaged had the opportunity to participate in small group work and tutoring to ensure they understood specific mathematical concepts and literacy skills. SMART Saturday is from 9:00-am to 12:00pm. Families can contact Ms. Woodson ( or Ms. McBeth ( for more information.

Lower Academy PARCC Super Saturday Initiative

PARCC Super Saturday is provided to allow scholars specific time to focus on skills and strategies directly connected to preparation for the administration of PARCC. Lower Academy 9th and 10th Grade scholars are invited to participate over the 5 remaining Saturdays:

– March 19
– March 26
– April 2
– April 9
– April 23

Scholars who participate each week will be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes like New Airpods, Nike Gift Cards, McDonald’s gift cards, and more. There are two sessions each Saturday from 9 AM – 11:15 AM.  Scholars must be in attendance at both sessions to qualify for the raffles. Interested families should complete this survey (Survey: Lower Academy Virtual PARCC Super Saturday) to solidify their participation in Super Saturday.

More information about the PARCC exams: 

  • Administered at the end of the school year, the tests are designed to assess both problem solving and critical thinking. Their goal is to ensure students are prepared for college and their professional lives. Students take the PARCC test on a computer; numerous accommodations are available for those with learning challenges and disabilities.
  • The PARCC exams consist of two components: English/language arts and math. For the English/language arts portion of the exam, students read fiction and nonfiction passages, watch videos, and listen to audio recordings. Then they answer multiple choice questions and write responses based on what they learned.
  • For the math component, students solve problems requiring multi-step solutions. Because the math questions involve real-life situations, students must utilize reasoning and logic rather than rote memorization and procedure. Additionally, the revised PARCC exams require students to show their work. So, teachers have an enhanced ability to evaluate and identify gaps in understanding and tailor instruction accordingly.
  • PARCC scores are assigned based on performance levels. Students receive marks between Level 1 and Level 5, with Levels 4 and 5 indicating that students are performing well. Scoring Level 3 means students need a little more help to meet expectations. A score of Level 1 or Level 2 suggests that students require significant intervention.









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