Useful PARCC Math Resources

You will find, in these tables, useful documents to support a variety of learning related to CCSS and PARCC.  Please download and visits websites as needed.

Carefully unpack these items looking at all the available resources.  These are not practice items they are exemplars and supporting documents related to the type of tasks students will have to demonstrate in the new assessments.  Some specific examples can be used with students as practice items, however they are more useful in helping teacher focus on the necessary changes in pedagogy that will support student success.

We recommend that all teachers, even those who do not directly teach Math or English Language Arts, engage in the "Practice Tests" provided by PARCC.  By taking these test you will have an opportunity to experience what your students will be asked to do in terms of both the content and the technology.   Additionally we believe it will be helpful to try tests at multiple grade levels to gain an understanding of the expectations of "Grade Level Mastery."

You will find the "Practice Tests" at:

To jump directly to information related to sample PARCC tasks go to:

PARCC Math Performance Level Descriptors & Item Review
The Power Point presentation give a outline as to what students are expected to know to achieve in the new 5 Level system, Level 5 - Distinguished Command, 4 - Strong Command, 3 - Moderate Command and 2 - Partial Command.  The pdf looks at specific problems and how they are rated in terms of Standards, Math Practices and complexity.

Exploring Math PLD Item Rev.pptx
          PARCC M item PLD.pdf

CCSS Math: This is must have document for all teachers of Math, for High School teachers be sure to look closely at Appendix A.

PARCC Framework:  This framework for grades 3-11 will show the differences between grade levels.  Most importantly the standards are categized as Major, Supporting and Additional this is important information to be used when planning lessons and units.

Similar information for Grades K-2 can be found at
CCSS Appendix A:  This document is subtitled, Designing High School Mathematics Courses Based on CCSS.  The information in this document will be used with the PARCC Framework to determine what standards are to be addressed in each level of math.

Critical Areas k-12: This is a 2 page document that briefly describes the focus of critial math concepts for grades K - 12.  A helpful document for understanding grade level mastery!

Fluency k-12: For anyone who is worried that fluency will not be a part of the CCSS, here are the expectatins for all grade levels in this 2 page document.  For example, know products of 2-digit numbers from memory by the end of Grade 3.

TriState Rubric: This very detailed 2 page document can be used to rate lessons or units in alignment to the CCSS.  Created by educators from MA, NY, and RI and facilitated by Achieve, this tool will help educators design and review CCSS lessons.

Algebra Task Samples:  This document is used to tally evidence statements for individual algebra questions.  This exercise is non interactive but inteactive examples can be found at:

HS Curriculum Tools: The National Math + Science Initiative has developed units for PARCC.  This detailed unit is titled, "Using Linear Equations to Define Geometric Solids."

HS Instruction Example:  Several examples of math tasks are included in this document with student answers.  The content covered involves F-BF Building Functions, and  F-LE Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models.
(golf balls in a graduated cylinder)

PLDs, Evidence Statements and Cognitive Complexity: This 56 page document contains all the necessary information to look at specific questions along with students responses to determine the mastery of Sub-Claims.  This was a tool for exploring PLDs.
PLDs, Evidence Statements, and Cognitive Complexity A.pdf
8 Math Practices:  This document outlines what how "Mathematically proficient students" do in relationship to each of the Mathematical Practices, what it can look like at lower grades and what it looks like in the classroom when students are engaging with the practices.

Specific Questions with Detailed Analysis: This document looks at specific question and identifies the "evidence statement," Math Practice, Achievement Level criteria, and the cognitive complexity.  

Answers Connecting PLDs, Evidence Statements,Cognitive Comp.pdf
Cognitive Complexity:  This detailed document gives the criteria for the levels of complexity within the categories, Math Content, Math Practice, Stimulus Material, Response Mode and Processing Demand.  These give insight into the level of detail give to each assessment task.
Cognitive Complexity highlighted pdf.pdf
PLD Performance Level Descriptors:  This 54 page document describes in detail the Achievement Level criteria for each Sub-Claim for grades 3, 7, and Algebra

PLD Performance Level Descript.pdf
Scope and Sequence Project Grades 6,7,8  

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The NVCC is working on a project to bring multiple resources in math to a single year long document.  These are draft document that could used as a template for any school.

NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 6 Template.pdf
NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 7 Template.pdf

NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 8 Template.pdf

Scope and Sequence Project Grades

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K,1,2,3,4,5:  The NVCC is working on a project to bring multiple resources in math to a single year long document.  These are draft document that could used as a template for any school.

NVCC Math Unit Plan K Template.pdf

NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 1 Template.pdf
NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 2 Template.pdf

NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 3 Template.pdf
NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 4 Template.pdf

NVCC Math Unit Plan Gr. 5 Template.pdf
Sources referred to in Go Figure: Math and the Common Core by Marilyn Burns

Know the 8 Mathematical Practices

Deia Sanders gave and excellent workshop at the PARCC Conference July 2014 that concluded with this new learning.