- March 2015: "Performance Based Assessments" (PBA) for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors in both ELA and Math. (These are designed to be open-ended writing and math items).
- May 2015: "End of Year" (EOY) Tests for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors in both ELA and Math. (These are more selected response questions).
Districts across the country are now field testing the PARCC test items with students. In addition, PARCC has been quietly releasing test items in the online format that students will use next year.
They have now released full Performance Based Assessments (the May Test) in ELA for grades 3 through 11. In addition, they have released End of Year Tests (the March Test) for Math - grades 3 through 8 and the end of year tests in Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II.
More on this will be coming as we have more information. However, this is the most detailed info that we have on how the Common Core Standards will be assessed. I highly recommend you take a look at some of these sample tests to get a better sense of what the Common Core is all about.