What Are the Five PARCC Levels and What Do They Mean?

PARCC establishes five levels that describe how well students met the academic expectations in English language arts and mathematics for their grade level.  These expectations indicate student progress towards acquiring the knowledge, critical thinking, self-expression, and problem-solving skills required for college and career success. 
  • Level 1: Did not meet expectations
  • Level 2: Partially met expectations
  • Level 3: Approached expectations
  • Level 4: Met expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeded expectations
PARCC expectations as they apply to graduation:
  • Students scoring at a level 4 or 5 meet PARCC’s college and career-ready designation or indicate they are on track for college and career readiness.
  • Students scoring at a level 3, 4, or 5 in 2015 in English Language Arts 11, Algebra 2, and Geometry are considered to have received a passing score for purposes of graduation.   
Graduation requirements and options for alternative demonstration of competency
For more on PARCC scores: understandthescore.org