On May 20, 2015 the PARCC governing board (made up of state education commissioners and superintendents) voted to:· Reduce the testing time for students by about 90 minutes overall (60 minutes in mathematics; 30 minutes in English language arts) and create more uniformity of test unit times.
· Consolidate the two windows in English language arts/literacy (including reading and writing) and mathematics into one.
o The single testing window will simplify administration of the test for states and schools that experienced challenges with scheduling two testing windows.o The testing window will be up to 30 days and will extend from roughly the 75% mark to the 90% mark of the school year. Most schools will complete testing in one to two weeks during that window.· Reduce the number of test units by two for most students.
The press release and a more detailed explainer are online at: http://parcconline.org/parcc-