Common Core Assessments
Common Core: PARCC® ELA/Literacy Test, Grade 3

Common Core: PARCC® ELA/Literacy Test, Grade 3

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By Allison Coyle, Kevin Ulmer, Mr. Dennis Fare
Print Edition $15.95


  • Pages: 204
  • Publication Date: May 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-7386-1203-4

PARCC® ELA/Literacy Assessment Grade 3 Test Guide
Take Control of the PARCC with REA's New Prep!

The educational landscape is changing and REA is at the forefront of the PARCC® assessments that millions of students face. This targeted test guide is designed for teachers and students in PARCC® states, and is fully aligned with the Common Core standards. (PARCC® is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers®, one of two major state-led consortia formed to develop Common Core-aligned tests.)

Covers All the Must-Know PARCC® ELA Topics: Our PARCC® Assessment: English Language Arts/Literacy Test Guide covers all the must-know PARCC® ELA Grade 3 material. Each chapter includes step-by-step standards-aligned instruction and practice for every skill tested on the exam.

Easy-to-navigate lessons: Equip students with the research and writing skills needed to ensure success on the exam. The book also offers expert guidance for dealing with authentic texts.

Two full-length practice tests: Our tests cover all question types as well as the three PARCC® tasks: Literary Analysis, Research Simulation, and Narrative Writing. Detailed answer explanations give you the correct answer, and also explain why the incorrect answers are wrong.

Written by Experts: Our authors are curriculum experts with extensive teaching experience. Each lesson is based strictly on how PARCC® testing works and ties back to the Common Core standards upon which the PARCC® assessments are based.

Classroom-tested Advice: Our authors offer classroom-tested systematic strategy on how to prep for the ELA/Literacy assessment.

This test guide is a must-have for students and teachers facing the PARCC!

What Are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards provide teachers and parents with an understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education so they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

About the Author

Dennis M. Fare, M.Ed. is the assistant superintendent of the Mahwah Township (N.J.) Public Schools. In 2015, Mahwah students scored above the New Jersey state average on the PARCC® assessments. A sought-after expert on PARCC® implementation, Mr. Fare led a presentation at a 2014 Common Core leadership summit. He frequently conducts professional development workshops sponsored by the New Jersey Foundation for Educational Administration. This book is another in a series of PARCC® ELA test preps Mr. Fare has authored for REA. Mr. Fare earned a B.A. in English writing and an M.Ed. in English education from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He holds supervisor, principal, and superintendent certifications.

Allison M. Coyle is an English teacher for the Mahwah (N.J.) Public Schools. She has been an active curriculum developer for the English Department, working to implement PARCC-related techniques while maintaining and fostering an appreciation for classic literature. Ms. Coyle has hosted professional development hours for local teachers, providing insight on how to simultaneously prepare students for standardized tests and continue with instruction as intended. She currently attends Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.), where she is pursuing a master's degree in English with a concentration in women's and gender studies.

Kevin Ulmer, M.A. Marking his seventeenth year in public education, Kevin Ulmer has worked as a teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal. Currently, he is the principal at George Washington Elementary School in Mahwah, N.J. Under his leadership, George Washington School was named a Reward School for High Performance by the New Jersey Department of Education. Mr. Ulmer has also volunteered with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, conducting peer reviews for accreditation. He is an active member in the National Association for Elementary School Principals; the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association; and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Mr. Ulmer holds a B.A. in elementary and special education from Providence College and an M.A. in educational leadership from Montclair State University.