• A Parent's Guide to Common Core Standards and the PARCC Assessment


    If you have any questions related to District 41 and Common Core Standards and/or PARCC, please contact the Office of Teaching, Learning and Accountability at 630-534-7238 or kcarlson@d41.org.

    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a modern assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests in reading, writing, and math. The PARCC assessment replaces the ISAT test.

    It not only evaluates each student's progress, but also provides better information for teachers and parents to identify where students need help, or are excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet student’s individual needs.

    Not just a multiple-choice bubble test, PARCC challenges students to think, solve real-world problems, and explain answers. Plus, the online format makes answering the questions more engaging.

    2015/16 Testing
    All District 41 students in Grades 3-8 will take the test online for the 2015/16 school year between 4/4 and 4/29 in a single testing window. This year, the test will be shorter and easier to administer, taking place only 1 time instead of over 2 testing windows.

    Understanding the scoring of PARCC or score reports
    The PARCC test was designed to provide clear information on your child’s progress toward meeting grade level expectations and mastering important skills like critical thinking. The score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. This information, along with grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.



  • What Do I Need to Know About the Common Core?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • The Pathway to Success
  • Expanding Access for All Students
  • Expanding Access for English Language Learners
  • Expanding Access for Students with Disabilities
  • Parents Guide to the New Illinois Assessment