Standardized Testing


Children Desk

A well-planned, comprehensive assessment program at Thomas B. Conley Elementary built upon a quality of standard tests provides information that supports the decision making process in many areas, including evaluation of student progress, needs assessment, instructional program planning, curriculum analysis, class grouping, and administrative planning.

At Thomas B. Conley Elementary, the standardized testing begins in third grade and continues through the fifth grade. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that collaboratively developed a common set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers.

The PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. The PARCC assessments require students to solve problems using mathematical reasoning and to be able to model mathematical principles. In English Language Arts (ELA), students will be required to closely read multiple passages and to write essay responses in literary analysis, research tasks and narrative tasks. The assessments will also provide teachers information on student progress to inform instruction and provide targeted student support.

Additional information about the PARCC assessment is available through the PARCC website,