The 2017-18 school year is the fourth year that students in grades 3-11 will participate in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) reading and mathematics assessments. PARCC will be administered April through June. Students in grade 11 will take the Accuplacer in math as a measure of college and career readiness. The Accuplacer will be administered in April.

For the English/Language Arts portion of the PARCC assessment, students will read several passages and write several responses. The mathematics portion of the assessment requires students to solve problems, express math reasoning and apply concepts to solve real world problems. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) in March. 

CCPS administers other assessments in reading and mathematics for students in grades 1-12. The information from these tests is used to monitor students’ progress in mastering content and is also used by instructional staff to design programs that better prepare students for accountability testing. Students may also take county assessments in science, social studies, physical education, fine arts and foreign language courses, depending on their grade level or course schedule. A random sample of kindergarten students, which will be selected by the Maryland State Department of Education, will be assessed in the fall using the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA), a statewide assessment that measures school readiness and provides teachers with information about their students.

Testing windows are outlined throughout the Parent Handbook/Calendar, and are condensed in the right-hand side column on this page. Information about exams administered to CCPS students is posted on the school system website at Information about graduation assessment requirements is included in the High School Program of Studies posted on the school system website at Questions can be directed to the testing coordinator/learning resource teacher at individual schools.

Sept. 11-29, 2017 Pretest assessment window
Jan. 8-Feb. 2, 2018 High School Assessment/Maryland Integrated Science Assessment testing for high school students
Jan. 3-17, 2018 First semester post-test assessment window
Feb. 20-March 9, 2018 Post-test assessment window
March 5-23, 2018 Maryland Integrated Science Assessment window (grades 5 & 8)
April 4-27, 2018 Math Accuplacer assessment window
April 30-June 8, 2018 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments
May 14-18, 2018 Second semester post-test assessment window
May 7-June 8, 2018 High School Assessment/Maryland Integrated Science Assessment testing for high school students