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Item and Task Prototypes

Item and Task Prototypes
PARCC Task Prototypes and Sample Items Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu. There are two types of samples found on these pages: • Task Prototypes, which were released in August 2012; and, • Sample Items, which were released beginning on August 15, 2013 The task prototypes were created to provide viable early models to guide item development. The new sample items are first presented in PDF format to emphasize a focus on the content of the items. Learn more about: PARCC ELA/Literacy Rubrics The PARCC ELA/literacy Rubrics have been updated to reflect lessons learned from the extensive PARCC field test. Score points for the Conventions trait were reduced from 4 score points to 3 points. Use of sample and practice test items

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