• Dear Families,

    The reports that you are receiving reflect your child’s individual performance on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. The PARCC assessment serves as an "educational GPS system" that is designed to measure students' current performance in relation to the Illinois Learning Standards, to which the assessment is aligned. It points the way to what students need to learn in order to be ready for the next grade level and, by the end of high school, for future success in college and careers.

    The Illinois Learning Standards set high expectations that are focused on critical thinking and real world application. We expect that the more detailed information provided by the PARCC score reports and supporting materials will lead to strong engagement between parents, teachers, and students in support of student learning. We encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher about these results and about what you are doing at home to support your child’s success.

    We must celebrate the good work our teachers and schools are doing to teach the new content critical for the future success of our students. We fully expect students will continue to make progress along the continuum of mastery as they gain additional knowledge related to the standards and become more familiar with the technology.

    It is understood that no test can ever fully capture the skills and abilities of a great teacher or the extraordinary benefits and positive impact of a great school. Tests are one measure to help track our progress. Along with other indicators, tests help give us a sense of where and how we are succeeding and where and how we must improve. The PARCC assessment is designed to give us more information to support improvement and differentiation in instruction.

    We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your child’s score report or academic progress.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s academic growth and success.