PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in their college and their careers.  These high quality, computer based assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school. 
    At BCIT, we have been busy readying our students, staff, and infrastructure for the upcoming PARCC assessments. In 2012, we utilized a committee of staff members, along with trained consultants, to create integrated, rigorous curriculums for all math and English classes.  Our staff has been trained extensively in the implementation of these standards, and we have the utmost confidence in our ability to teach them with fidelity.
    Last year, we volunteered to run a PARCC field test at both campuses in both tested areas.  We were able to administer the tests with no complications.  This year, we assessed our technology infrastructure, running PARCC trial tests in eleven testing sites.  Any obstacles have been noted and remedied.  In addition, we have been utilizing an online testing program that mimics PARCC assessments so that our students become accustomed to online assessments.
    As a district, our students, staff, and infrastructure are prepared to implement the new assessments.  We anticipate that our performance on these exams will be strong and that we will have few technical challenges to overcome.