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Prepare for PARCC Testing – Tips for Student Success

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is DC’s annual assessment of math and English language arts/literacy (ELA). This exam measures student outcomes, and helps us make sure that our academic programs are preparing our students for lifelong success. This is the first time students will participate in PARCC testing since 2019, when it was paused due to COVID-19. Please see below for school-based testing dates.

  • Elementary School (grades 3 – 4 only): May 9 – May 13
  • Middle School (grades 5 – 8): May 3 – 20
  • High School (some students in grades 9 – 11): May 12 – 19

Every day during their testing period, your student will need to bring their fully charged Chromebook with them to school. Preparing for PARCC testing is easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Check your tech. Turn on your student’s Chromebook with them to make sure there are no issues with the device. 
  2. Report problems to our Tech Team. If it is not working, or you are having problems with it, contact our Tech Team immediately by emailing techsupport@elhaynes.org, calling our helpdesk at 202-888-5066 (English) or 202-644-9274 (Spanish), or having your student talk with their teacher about the issue.
  3. Make a plan to charge and bring your device every day. Students will need their school-issued Chromebook to complete testing. Make a plan to charge the device every night, and double-check that it’s packed in the morning. 

Students and families can support their testing experience by taking the following steps:

  • Attend school every day, on time, until the end of the school day.
  • Set and stick to a consistent sleeping schedule that provides a good night’s rest.
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast or enjoy a school-provided breakfast after getting to campus.
  • Provide a pair of headphones if you don’t want to use school-issued ones.
  • Charge your Chromebook every night and double-check that it is packed in your backpack every morning. Let us know if you need a replacement charger.

Please contact your school principal with any questions.

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