Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications Released

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today released assessment blueprints and test specifications for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments set to debut in 2014-15. These blueprints and test specifications aim to help educators prepare students for the new online assessments that are aligned to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to measure college and career readiness.

The English language arts/literacy blueprints provide information to better understand the design of the assessments themselves, including ELA/literacy rubrics to guide thinking about classroom rubric use, ELA/literacy passage selection guidelines and worksheets to guide text selection for instruction.

The mathematics evidence tables help readers understand the integration of mathematical practices and content. They also provide detail about how standards can be combined, highlighting one of the most critical advances of the standards - their coherence.

For more information on the assessment blueprints and test specifications, visit