
The PARCC assesses students between Grade 3 and Grade 11. MC² PARCC materials are designed to give teachers practical strategies to prepare students for the types of tasks they will experience in the online assessment.
Preparing for Spring 2018 PARCC
PARCC Practice Test Item Packets
Use the MC² Thinking Protocol: Meaningful PARCC Test Prep with PARCC sample test items regularly (12 times per week). Refer to the MC^{2} PARCC Practice Test Item Packets below.

Preparing for Spring 2017 PARCC
PARCC Math Assessment Technology Navigation Videos:
MC² is sponsoring teacher information sessions on how to help students fluently utilize the technology tools associated with the PARCC assessment. The purpose of these gradeband online tutorials is to demonstrate with commentary how to navigate ion and use the tools available for the ComputerBased Assessments. The items appearing in the tutorials are samples used to allow students and educators to gain familiarity with the technology platform that will be used for taking the PARCC assessments. The following gradebands will be represented since each has its unique navigation tools not highlighted in prior samples.Video tutorial Handout Grades 35 Grade 35 Math Assessment Nav Tools Grades 67 Grade 67 Math Assessment Nav Tools Grade 8 Grade 8 Math Assessment Nav Tools High School HS Handout (including 8th grade Algebra I) Use the “MC² Thinking Protocol: Meaningful PARCC Test Prep with electronic PARCC performancetype sample test items regularly (12 times per week) that are aligned with the content of class. Refer to Sample PARCC Practice Test Item Grade Level Packets below. Use student initiated strategies for test practice.

Preparing for Spring 2015 PARCC
MC² Countdown to PARCC 2014/2015 Monthly DetailsThe MC² Countdown to PARCC is designed to give teachers practical strategies to prepare students for the types of tasks they will experience in the online assessment. The Countdown is offered in two sections:
 Supports for Teachers – This section provides tips for teachers to collaborate with others to understand PARCC expectations and plan mathematics tasks designed to build conceptual understanding and strategic thinking for approaching complex mathematical tasks with confidence and competence.
 Classroom Strategies – This section provides ideas for incorporating PARCC preparation into the classroom. The strategies provide tips for the CCSS mathematical practices and content to be built into daily/weekly warmup math activities and formative assessment tasks.
MC² Countdown to PARCC Webinars
 Archived Webinars 2014/2015:
March 2015
Teacher Supports:
 Continue to provide rich mathematical tasks that support student learning and are aligned to CCSSM and math practices.
 Use Spanish items to support English Learners (ELs).
 Plan instruction to align with standards tested on EndofYear (EOY).
Classroom Strategies:
 Use MC² Thinking Protocol with the Spanish PARCC PBA grade level items to support ELs and Anchor Charts to support all students. Refer to the Spanish Sample PARCC PBA Test Item Grade Level Packets below.
 Have students take Practice EOY after they have completed PBA testing.
 Have students reflect on strategies that support their learning and continue to practice these strategies.
eNewsletter March MC² Countdown to PARCC
MC² March 2015 Webinar: PowerPoint, and Archived webinar
February 2015
Teacher Supports:
 Recap Resources for Teacher Planning to Prepare for Performance Based Assessment (PBA) practice test for math
 Checklist for PBA prep
Classroom Strategies:
 Recap Description of Suggestions for Math Practices in the Classroom.
 Something New – Create classroom anchor charts with students to develop problem solving strategies
eNewsletter: February MC² Countdown to PARCC
MC² February 2015 Webinar: PowerPoint, and Archived webinar
January 2015
Teacher Supports:
 This month we will focus on the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) practice test for math.
 Continue to collaborate with colleagues to plan rich mathematics tasks aligned to CCSSM as a regular part of the mathematics curriculum.
Classroom Strategies:
 Students take the Practice Performance Based Assessment (when available) on computers and afterwards are given a chance to discuss their experience.
 Brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.
 Use the “Thinking Protocol for PARCC” with electronic PARCC performancetype sample test items regularly (12 times per week) that are aligned with the content of class. Refer to Sample PARCC PBA Practice Item Grade Level Packets below.Use student initiated strategies for test practice.
 Teachers and students brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.Purpose:
Play with and get comfortable with online testing in a nonthreatening environment. By brainstorming strategies, students gain a sense of empowerment and confidence that they have some control of the test.
eNewsletter January 2015 MC² Countdown to PARCC
FAQs: FAQs JAN 2015MC² January 2015 Webinar: Jan 2015 PowerPoint, and Archived webinar
Handouts: Thinking Protocol & Thinking/Writing Prompts for Use with Sample PARCC Test Item Packets
 Model Content Frameworks,
 PARCC Informational Guides
 PARCC Math PBA Practice Tests
December 2014
Teacher Supports:
 This month we will study the PARCC Task Types including the Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments.
 Continue to collaborate with colleagues to plan rich mathematics tasks aligned to CCSSM as a regular part of the mathematics curriculum.
Classroom Strategies:
 Use the “Thinking Protocol for PARCC” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class.
Refer to Sample PARCC EOY Test Item Grade Level Packets below. Use a Think/Pair/Share to model with mathematics and attend to precision (Math Practices 4 & 6).
 Teachers and students brainstorm ideas for how to develop strategies for tackling hard problems.
eNewsletter: December MC² Countdown to PARCC
FAQs: FAQs December 2014
MC² December 2014 Webinar: PowerPoint and Archived webinar
Handouts: PARCC High Level BlueprintsMathematics with Points
 Thinking Protocol and Thinking/Writing Prompts for Use with Sample PARCC Test Item Packets (These have been updated to include MP.4 & MP.6) and
 Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments.
November 2014
Teacher Supports:
 This month we will study the Claims Structures, Model Content Frameworks, Evidence Tables and Performance Level Descriptors for each grade level and discuss the implications for instruction. To guide your instruction please review the MC² Recommendations for Using PARCC Resources.
 Continue to collaborate with colleagues to plan rich mathematics tasks aligned to CCSSM as a regular part of the mathematics curriculum.
Classroom Strategies:
 Use ““MC² Thinking Protocol” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class. Use a Think/Pair/Share to develop mathematical arguments to defend solutions (Math Practice 3). Keep a record of student strategies on a poster.
Purpose: Students become comfortable with various solution strategies and writing mathematical arguments.
eNewsletter: November 2014 MC² Countdown to PARCC
FAQs: FAQs November (Also, refer to previous month FAQs)
MC² November 2014 Webinar: PowerPoint and Archived webinar
Handouts: MC² Thinking Protocol and Prompts
 Claims Structure (ELC PPT)
 MC² Recommendations for Using PARCC Resources
October 2014
Teacher Supports:
 Teachers take the practice EOY online practice test for their grade level. Discuss implications for instruction with colleagues. PARCC Practice
 Collaborate with other teachers to develop (or choose from textbook) rich mathematics tasks that promote math practices. Plan daily learning experiences that include rich experiences that include rich mathematical tasks and students engaged in math practices.
Classroom Strategies:
 Use “MC² Thinking Protocol” with one test item (refer to grade level items below) a week that is aligned with content of class. Students use Math Practice 1 to practice making sense of the problem. Thinking protocol focuses on what the question is asking (rather than the solution).
Purpose:
 Become familiar with EOY item format and equation editor.
 Students become familiar with technology and learn strategies for making sense of problems.
eNewsletter October 2014 MC² Countdown to PARCC
FAQs: FAQs October 2014
MC² October 2014 Webinar: PowerPoint and Archived webinar
Handouts: MC² Countdown to PARCC (DRAFT MonthtoMonth Description)
 Claims Structure (ELC PPT)