PARCC - Northern Illinois P-20 Network



The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These computer-based K-12 assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy are designed to give teachers, schools, students, and parents information about whether students are on track in their learning for success after high school. Other anticipated benefits of PARCC are

  • closer alignment between K-12 and higher education
  • early identification of students who are not on-track so schools have time for intervention
  • decreased numbers of students requiring developmental education courses in higher education

The PARCC assessments were pilot tested in the spring of 2014, and they will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.    

More Information about PARCC


NIU's PARCC Institutional Team

  • Laurie Elish-Piper (Chair), Professor & Presidential Advisor on College and Career Readiness
  • Sonya Armstrong, Associate Professor, Director of College Learning Enhancement Program
  • Gregory Barker, Director, Testing Services
  • Marilyn Bellert, Associate Director, Center for P-20 Engagement
  • Ferald Bryan, Associate Professor and Director COMS 100 Program
  • Michael Day, Professor and Director of First Year Composition Program
  • Crystal Garvey, Coordinator, University Admission Systems
  • Michael Kolb, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Christopher Parker, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Outcomes Assessment
  • Stephen Wallace, Associate Director of Assessment Services
  • John Wolfskill, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Mathematical Sciences

If you would like to get involved with NIU's PARCC Institutional Team, please contact Laurie Elish-Piper at





Important Information for
Postsecondary Educators

  • The top 10 things teachers need to know about the new Illinois assessments, ISBE, August 2014 (pdf)
  • PARCC Key Messages (pdf)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about PARCC and Postsecondary Education (pdf)
  • Understanding the College and Career Readiness Determination (pdf)

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