The assessment window for the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments begin for Maryland students in grades 3 through 8 in early March 2015 and in April for students enrolled in high school courses. The PARCC assessments will replace the MSA assessments in both reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and the HSAs for Algebra I and English 10. Most students will be assessed online this spring. These new assessments will provide valuable information about student learning in our FCPS-developed curriculum. The assessments will allow school staff to adjust instruction and programming for individual students, as appropriate. Most importantly, the assessments will provide each student with valuable information about their strengths and needs on the road to College and/or Career Readiness. For more information about these new state assessments or to view tutorials and sample items, go to parcconline.org or contact your child’s school.