The Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress characterized the PARCC test items as a “major step forward in accessibility and accommodation features for students with disabilities and English language learners.” The report cites several PARCC features, including the pop-up glossary for preselected words; along with tools available to all test-takers, such as the digital notepad, calculator, and highlighter. These features make test taking “more dynamic and user friendly, particularly compared with paper-and-pencil exams.” –Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced, The Center for American Progress, February, 2016